Roy Keane has revealed why he is so loyal to Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – and it all stems from his tumultuous final few days at Old Trafford.
Keane left the Red Devils under a cloud in 2005 after a series of run-ins with Sir Alex Ferguson.
The outspoken Irishman stunned United in September of that year when he announced he saw his future elsewhere, and soon after he was stripped of the captaincy following a censored MUTV interview.
His loyalty to Solskjaer stems from the 50-year-old's final team meeting at the club before signing for Celtic, where it's fair to say things got a little out of hand.
Ferguson and assistant manager Carlos Queiroz backed Keane into a corner, and after mounting a furious challenge against them, he left the room.
At this point the former Nottingham Forest man was still United's captain, and that meant a great deal to Solskjaer and Paul Scholes.
Unwilling to stay while their now absent skipper was still being spoken about, the two men rose to leave.
Ferguson issued Solskjaer with a warning.
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"Don’t you follow him," the fiery Scot said to the baby-faced assassin. But the Norwegian kept walking, showing his loyalty to Keane.
The following week, his team-mate was gone.
That gesture still means a great deal to Keane, as he explained in The Times.
"I think I respected him before that, I don’t think he and Scholesy went up another level after that. I’d really forgotten about them walking out of the meeting until now," Keane said.
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"My loyalty to Ole, or Scholesy, or Nicky Butt, or Giggsy or Nev is not down to one incident but to what we did together over a number of years."
That loyalty could be tested to the limit in the coming days with Solskjaer on the brink of the sack after United's dismal 4-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday.
The beleaguered boss is long odds on to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job, and it would be no surprise if he is now dismissed before Tuesday night's Champions League fixture with Villarreal.
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