Roy Keane has revealed the only favour Sir Alex Ferguson did for him after leaving Manchester United, in spite of the duo falling out years ago.
Keane and Ferguson never patched things up after the legendary player left the club in 2005. He took over at Sunderland in 2006, and signed several players from United and Ireland to help bring the Black Cats back to the Premier League. He brought in the likes of Dwight Yorke, Graham Kavanagh, Liam Miller, and David Connolly, and Keane has now revealed that his former boss helped him sign another United player.
United trounced Sunderland 4-0 on Boxing Day in the 2006/07 campaign, and Keane admitted Ferguson went out of his way to help him. "After the game, Alex Ferguson came to my office for a drink," Keane wrote in his second autobiography, as per Pundit Arena. "When he was leaving, he said to me, 'Give me a call about Jonny Evans.'
"He could see I was down in the dumps after the game. I think he looked at me and thought, 'He needs a dig-out here.' It was the one time he showed me - I suppose - affection: 'I'll watch your back.' He caught me off guard - 'He actually cares, a bit.'
"Niall (Quinn) got on to David Gill and we got Jonny, but there was a massive loan fee. So, Ferguson showed me affection, but it was business, too. But - and this is important - Jonny made a huge difference to us. Jonny was a centre-half. He had the qualities of a Manchester United player, and he was bringing them to Sunderland.
"For such a young man - he was nineteen - he was very mature, and a born leader. Jonny was unbelievable for us. He lived with his mam and dad in Sale, near my home, so I picked him up there and brought him up to see the set-up at Sunderland. I knew I was on a winner; I knew him, and I knew what he was about.
"I remembered an incident when I was still at United; there'd been a fight in the canteen and Jonny had looked after himself well - I think he knocked the other lad out. I knew Jonny was tough."