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Roy Keane plays down Man United link

Roy Keane has dampened speculation that he will become Louis van Gaal's assistant manager at Manchester United, and admits he does not expect to repair his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Roy Keane does not believe former boss Sir Alex Ferguson needs to wield the axe
Roy Keane's playing career at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson came to a dramatic end in 2005.

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Van Gaal is the favourite to replace the sacked David Moyes, and while United have denied a deal has been agreed with the 62-year-old Netherlands manager, sources have told ESPN FC that the club are hoping to make at least two high-profile signings before the likely appointment of Van Gaal.

Former United captain Keane has been linked with a return to Old Trafford as the ex-Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager’s second-in-command.

But the 42-year-old, who only took up the same role with the Republic of Ireland in November, insists he is in no rush to leave his new post.

"People keep asking me, ironically, about other jobs. I have got a job and I am very happy in my job," Keane told Cork’s Today FM.

Any move for Keane could be complicated by his feud with Ferguson, who criticised him in his 2013 autobiography, and who engineered his controversial departure from Old Trafford nine years ago.

Ferguson will be consulted in United's search for their next manager and the Irishman admitted he did not expect them to be on speaking terms again.

"Probably not," he added when asked of a possible reunion. "But look, I have said that about other people. Football is a funny old game and you get clashes of personality sometimes, but it's something that's not on my mind at the moment, to be honest with you, whether it be good or bad."

Keane, a former team-mate of the interim United management team of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville, criticised the current team after Moyes’ sacking.

"Some of the players should be ashamed of themselves, they really let him down," he told ITV last Tuesday.

Before becoming Martin O’Neill’s right-hand man with Ireland, Keane had spells as a manager with Sunderland and Ipswich.

He made 480 appearances for United, captaining them for seven years, and winning seven Premier League titles.

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