Keane rant pulled by United
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Roy Keane has reportedly launched a scathing attack on his team-mates.Roy Keane is at the centre of a furore at Old Trafford after the Manchester United skipper reportedly launched a scathing attacking on five of his team-mates.
Several sources have claimed that United had to pull the plug on a pre-recorded interview for the club's in-house TV station, MUTV, after the midfielder spoke both frankly and unflatteringly about several of his colleagues.
Keane has not been shy to voice his misgivings in the past, with the names of Alan Smith, John O'Shea, Kieran Richardson, Liam Miller and Darren Fletcher cited as those to be the latest to feel the wrath of the Irishman.
Such was the extent of Keane's criticism, advice was sought from chief executive David Gill, who subsequently banned the interview after consultation with Sir Alex Ferguson.
Keane's outburst comes following United's humiliating weekend defeat to Middlesbrough, with the 34-year-old - set to leave in the summer - left livid at what he believes are falling standards at the Premiership giants.
The interview was replaced by a re-run of a reserve team game, prompting several supporters to question why Keane's scheduled post-match analysis was pulled.
Keane's latest open criticism follows in a lengthy line of frank interviews, as in the past he has criticised the desire and professionalism of some of United's top names.
Rio Ferdinand, who endured a game to forget at The Riverside, was also reportedly not spared Keane's ire, as the talismanic captain was left to chew over a 4-1 defeat in his own absence through injury.
United's hierarchy have yet to come out and comment but it seems likely this latest outburst will do little to enhance his prospects of being handed a fresh deal in the summer.