David Beckham tried to get Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane to end bitter feud
The pair have been locked in a bitter feud since Keane left United in 2005, and Beckham has failed to reconcile the pair for his charity match
David Beckham has revealed that he failed in an attempt to reunite feuding Manchester United legends Roy Keane and Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of next month’s Unicef Match for Children at Old Trafford.
Beckham is set to lead a Great Britain and Ireland XI against a Rest of the World team in the charity fundraiser on November 14 having been persuaded to pull on his boots for the first time since retiring at the end of the 2012-13 season.
The former England captain has convinced Ferguson to return to the manager’s dug-out for the first time since his own retirement two-and-a-half years ago, with Keane also invited to take part in the game.
But with the 44-year-old now working alongside Martin O’Neill as the Republic of Ireland assistant manager, Beckham admits the international fixture list has scuppered the prospect of Keane and Ferguson burying the hatchet.
“We have asked Roy, but unfortunately he is tied up,” Beckham said. “He is on international duty and that is part of the problem with some of the other players we wanted to play.
“We have to pick a weekend where we felt we would get a lot of support and 3pm on a Saturday does not happen very often.”
Keane, who captained United for eight of his twelve years at Old Trafford, has been locked in a bitter feud with Ferguson since leaving United in November 2005.
The two men have criticised each other through their respective books, with Keane accusing Ferguson of telling ‘lies, basic lies’ about him following the updated version of the Scot’s autobiography last year.
While Keane insisted last December that he would be happy to move on ‘if Ferguson apologises,’ the pair have so far failed to patch up their differences.
With Ferguson agreeing to manage the GB & Ireland team in the Unicef game, he would have been faced with sharing a dressing-room with Keane for the first time in a decade.
But with the Republic due to play a friendly fixture on the weekend of November 14/15 should they fail to qualify for the Euro 2016 Play-Offs, Keane’s international commitments have prevented the Irishman from accepting Beckham’s invitation.