Ex-Man Utd player and Roy Keane "never spoke" together in entire spell at club

Former Manchester United star Andy Goram has opened up over his relationship – or lack of – with Roy Keane during his time at the club.

Back in 2001, Sir Alex Ferguson was in a spot of bother with both of his goalkeepers injured. Fabien Barthez and Raimond van der Gouw were absent through injury and surgery respectively and the then-Red Devils coach was allowed to bring in an emergency back-up on loan.

A deal was clinched for Goram to join from Motherwell in March until the end of the season worth £100,000. The keeper was 36 at the time and had an extensive history with Rangers – where he had played for most of the 90s.

During his time at Ibrox, he became a club legend and was voted in 2001 as their best-ever goalkeeper while he helped the Gers lift the Premier Division five times, three Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups. However, not everyone was fond of the former Scotland international.

After joining United on emergency loan, Goram was given a rough ride by Keane – the captain at the time – due to the Irishman's allegiance with Celtic. The former United midfielder is a boyhood Bhoys fan – who have a less-than-friendly rivalry with Rangers.

"We had nothing in common. His beliefs and my beliefs are a mile apart," Goram said on the Anything Goes podcast. "We just never spoke. We had nothing in common. His beliefs and my beliefs are a mile apart.

"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 dad.

"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.

"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 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."

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