The bounty, the blast and the boot! Recalling Keano's amazing MUTV rant

The tapes have been crushed, smashed, destroyed. But eight years on, the fallout from Roy Keane's withering attack on his Manchester United teammates for the club's in-house television station still rumbles on.

Sir Alex Ferguson made Keane's infamous hairdryer a centre-piece for his controversial autobiography, despite ordering all copies of the interview, dubbed ‘Roy Keane Plays The Pundit’ at the time, be burned.

As Ferguson recalls, Keane didn't miss, running down the team sheet after a dismal 4-1 defeat at Middlesbrough. Rio Ferdinand, Edwin van der Sar and Darren Fletcher all copped it, but they weren't alone.

“It was unbelievable. He slaughtered everyone. Darren Fletcher got it. Alan Smith. Van der Sar. Roy was taking them all down,” Ferguson recalls.

With United limping along in November, Keane also called for a January clearout.

It was explosive and such was the interest at the time that media organisations were offering bounties of at least £5,000 for a copy of the tape.

The Mirror was able to get their hands on excerpts of the video, which had been initially yanked from the MUTV programme grid by then chief executive David Gill.

But while it never made it to air, Keane's targets did see it - on the Irishman's insistence. The United captain went "ballistic" upon hearing of Gill's decision and demanded the players have the final say on whether the show should be dumped.

Ferguson agreed, with the showing doing nothing to ease tension within the locker room. Paul Scholes and Ruud van Nistelrooy stormed out of video room, while Van der Sar turned on the Irishman. Ferguson's lieutenant, Carlos Queiroz, was forced to step in before feelings boiled over. But, according to the Sunday Express, that only inspired Keane to declare the Portuguese the worst coach he'd ever worked with.

But come the winter market, there was no clearout and the only one to leave was Keane, himself. His contract paid out, the Irishman was pulling on a Celtic shirt in December.

It was Keane's, arguably the club's greatest modern day player, final act in connection with United and will long live on in Old Trafford folklore.

KEANO DOESN'T MISS:

On Rio Ferdinand: “Just because you are paid £120,000 a week and play well for 20 minutes against Tottenham you think you are a superstar.”

On Edwin van der Sar, who let in the first goal against Boro from 30 yards: “He should have saved that.”

On John O’Shea: “He’s just strolling around but he should be bursting a gut to get back.”

On Darren Fletcher: “I can’t understand why people in Scotland rave about Darren Fletcher.”

On Kieran Richardson: “He is a lazy defender who deserved to get punished.”

On Alan Smith: “He is wandering around as if he is lost. He doesn’t know what he is doing.”

Sell the lot: “There is talk of putting this right in January and bringing players in. We should be doing the opposite – we should be getting rid of people in January. It seems to me at this club you have to play badly to be rewarded.”

On his senior teammates: "The younger players have been let down by some of the more experienced players. They are just not leading. There is a shortage of characters in this team. It seems to be in this club that you have to play badly to be rewarded. Maybe that is what I should do when I come back. Play badly."

Not meeting United standards: "The players have been asked questions and they are just not coming up with the answers. I am sick of having to say it and they are sick of listening to me. They have let down the club, the manager and the fans. When they sign their contracts, they think they have made it. They owe it to the manager, the staff and the fans."

 
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