Roy Keane has continued to attack former manager Sir Alex Ferguson by claiming that the Scot tried to force him into missing matches for the Republic of Ireland. The former midfielder said the manager took an exception when it came to Scottish players though and his attitude changed to “Yeah, you go for it.”

Keane was incensed that Ferguson was chosen to speak at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner when he had during Keane’s time undermined the national team.

“I was constantly under pressure from Ferguson not to play for Ireland,” he said.

“He would ask me to not play in those games and didn’t even speak to me when I came back after one qualifier. There was all that nonsense going on.”

“I guess it was a bit of a compliment because he wanted me available for United. Maybe if I was Scottish he might have been a bit more relaxed about it, because I know other lads would play for their country and he’d say: ‘Yeah, you go for it.’ Yet he’s in Dublin, probably preaching to everybody.”

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