Roy Keane: 'Drinking was my hobby, I suppose. I'm not giving it the thumbs up, but it was my trait'

Keane reveals he had disagreement with manager Ferguson because of it

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Roy Keane has admitted that "drinking was his hobby" during his early playing days, and he regularly had arguments with manager Sir Alex Ferguson because of it.

The former Manchester United captain spoke frankly about his drinking habit in his recently published autobiography, The Second Half, and in an interview with shortlist magazine he says that it is something Ferguson had pulled him up on. The pair of course, are still at loggerheads after Keane's exit from United in 2003

"This idea that me and Ferguson just had one bust up right at the end… We had loads!" Keane told shortlist.

"We had disagreements about my drinking, as fans are happy to report you if you’re spotted out at 3am. But if we had a game on a Wednesday and the manager said to me, “I heard you were out Sunday night,” I’d say, “Yeah, I go out Sundays.” I was single, I was 21. I wasn’t a golfer.



"Drinking was my hobby, I suppose. I’m not giving it the thumbs up, but it was my trait. I don’t know why – because I’m Irish, maybe, because I lived by myself. Boredom kicked in."