Man Utd hero Roy Keane reveals real reason he's joined Sky Sports – 'the next best thing'

The legendary former Manchester United midfielder will be sharing his views as a regular member of Sky Sports’ team of pundits this season.

The ex-Republic of Ireland international has decided to join the broadcasters because he isn’t currently coaching, after leaving Nottingham Forest in the summer.

He said: ”I’ve worked with Sky Sports quite a few times over the years and it’s always been an experience I’ve enjoyed, so this makes absolute sense.

“While I’m not coaching I still want to be involved in the game and in some ways, this is the next best thing.

“It’s a game of opinions, I’ve never shied away from giving mine and that’s only going to continue this season.

“Sky Sports has always been famous for the heated debates – I look forward to starting a few more.”

The 48-year-old made the news earlier this month when he criticised his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, to the fury of his former fans.

“I wouldn’t forgive Ferguson,” Keane told

“The media spin, how I apparently upset everybody, it was all nonsense.”

He then added: “Ferguson came out afterwards and said he always did what was best by Manchester United. Nonsense.

“People said [Ferguson] always had the best interests of Manchester United at heart.

“Darren Ferguson [his son] won a medal. He was very lucky.

“[Alex Ferguson’s] brother was the chief scout for Manchester United for a long time. I’m surprised his wife wasn’t involved in the staff somewhere.”

Keane will be making his first appearance as a permanent member of the Sky Sports team during Liverpool’s trip to play Chelsea on Sunday.

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