Roy Keane refused to speak to teammate for 6 months because he played for Rangers

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If you are a United fan it’s unlikely you’ll remember goalkeeper Andy Gorham’s spell at Old Trafford in 2001 as per Transfermarkt

The Scottish goalkeeper bounced from club to club towards the end of his career but spent a good chunk of his time at the Ibrox with Rangers.

He joined United on January 1st in 2001 on loan from Motherwell for a six month spell.

Andy revealed in his autobiography, as quoted by PunditArena that Keane treated him as he treated Alf-Inge Haaland.

In 2000, Sir Alex was in crisis mode at Old Trafford as both of keepers were inured, leading him to send an SOS message to Motherwell to get Andy down to Manchester as backup.

Andy revealed that when he arrived at the club and was introduced to all the player by United’s #2 man Steve McClaren, Roy “Hated the sight of him” from the beginning.

“I met all the players in the dressing room, Steve McClaren took me around. I knew most of them, the Nevilles and all that, I played cricket with their da.

“And it came to Roy Keane and you know, you shake hands. He just looked at me and I went, ‘there’s no point is there?’ And he went, ‘no’. And we never spoke for three months.”

“Shark’s eyes. Dead, devoid of emotion, glaring at me. No handshake. Welcome to Manchester United. Roy Keane-style,” he writes.

“The man who saw himself as the heartbeat of the Reds was giving me a message. He just looked right through me as the embarrassed Steve McClaren, the United No 2, tried to introduce the new on-loan keeper to his volcanic captain.”

“From that second I knew there was no point in me making an effort with Keane. Roy had things he stood by, things that framed his life, beliefs he clung to with a burning intensity. Well, I had mine. What he did to me on that first morning at work at the most famous football club in the world didn’t faze me.”

“He didn’t like me. End of story”.

“He was a Celtic man, I was a Rangers man. He didn’t like me. End of story. Fair enough. After all, I’d done enough to make some Celtic fans dislike me in seven years at Ibrox.”

“There was to be no handshake. Ever. The truth is we didn’t exchange a civil word in the three months I was at Old Trafford.”

It wasn’t just pure silence between the two as Andy also revealed how they clashed on the training ground and Gary Neville had to step it to calm things down.

“There were clashes between us. One day in training, we were playing a game of eight-a-side and Keane and Luke Chadwick were up front for my team.

“I always prided myself on the accuracy of my kicking, on being able to pick out a player from a distance, and that day I half-volleyed a peach right on to Chadwick’s foot.

“The kid snatched at it and ballooned his volley over the bar. Suddenly, I was the target of a volley of abuse from Keane. ‘Hey you, give me the f*****g ball,’ he screamed.

“I replied, ‘What, do you get the ball just because you’re Roy Keane? F*** off’.

“The ­atmosphere was icy from that moment on, and on the way off the field Gary Neville collared me. ‘Goalie,’ he said, ‘we don’t talk to Roy like that down here. We just don’t’. It was a telling insight for me. Of course I respected Keane as a player, but I couldn’t have that.

Goram didn’t like Keane’s atmosphere at the club and felt the players were just scared of him and that it wasn’t healthy.

“As far as I was concerned, the way he spoke to some of the players was bang out of order. Many of them at Old Trafford were clearly s**t-scared of him.”

Do these new stories that come out about Roy change your opinion on him or do you even believe Andy’s version of events as Keane was a boyhood Celtic fan, there was obviously going to be animosity between the two.


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