Roy Keane, the former Manchester United midfielder, has taken a dig at legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson for missing a Manchester derby in 2000 to attend his son’s wedding in South Africa. During a recent appearance on The Overlap, Keane and Gary Neville were asked about the final score of the first derby they started together in a quiz against Sportsmail’s Micah Richards and Jill Scott. Keane responded by saying that Ferguson always did what was right for Man United, but he obviously went to his son’s wedding. Keane has held a grudge against his former boss since leaving the club on unsavoury terms in 2005.
Ferguson’s absence in the game made little difference to United’s season, as they beat their rivals 1-0 thanks to a David Beckham goal and went on to win a third Premier League title in a row. The discussion of Manchester derbies came ahead of the FA Cup final between United and City, the first time the two teams will face each other in the final. Red Devils fans will be desperate to win and prevent City from emulating their famous treble in 1999. However, Erik ten Hag, United’s manager, insisted that the game is about more than just spoiling their rivals’ season.
Ten Hag said that it is not about stopping City, but about United winning the cup. He sees the game as a good test for his team and a great opportunity to make progress. Antony is expected to miss the game through injury, while Pep Guardiola confirmed that back-up goalkeeper Stefan Ortega will be starting the game. The FA Cup final will take place at Wembley Stadium, which Ten Hag described as probably the best stadium in the world and very exciting to be there.
Keywords: Roy Keane, Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United, Manchester derby, FA Cup final, Erik ten Hag, David Beckham, treble, Wembley Stadium.
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