Roy Keane opens up "not getting" Man Utd teammates who "weren’t for me"

Roy Keane has admitted he was on a different wavelength to a number of his Man Utd teammates at the end of his career and struggled to understand their banter.

The former United captain witnessed several transition periods during his time at Old Trafford.

Having first been around old school professionals like Mark Hughes and Eric Cantona in the United dressing room, Keane remained in the side through the treble-winning side of '99, before eventually ushering in a new era featuring younger stars such as Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand.

And the Irishman conceded that as time wore on, he felt he had little in common with the new players coming through.

Speaking on Sky Sports' The Football Show, Keane said: "Your dressing room is always changing, every summer, one or two players coming in the dynamics change, young players coming in.

"And I’ll be honest, when I was getting towards the end of my career, and I’m looking round the dressing room and people like Wayne, and Rio, [Darren] Fletcher, [John] O’Shea and all these lads, things were changing, dynamics were changing which I used to roll with, which I didn’t mind, I enjoyed because it gave you a new type of energy and especially if they were good players you’d say ‘listen, they’ll help us win trophies’.

"But towards the end I remember thinking with some of these lads, no I’m not getting some of these, I don’t really get their banter, I don’t get their humour, I probably hadn’t had a conversation with any of them."

By the time Keane left the club in 2005, the only other star still at United who had broken into the team at a similar time as him was Ryan Giggs.

Keane then suffered a sudden departure from United after criticising a number of fellow players' performances in an interview with MUTV.

And looking back he suggests those still at the club were little more than colleagues.

"I was constantly looking at the bigger picture, were they going to be good players for Man Utd? That was the most important thing," he added.

"So even when I left the club, there was a lot of players I didn’t really miss one bit. I just thought, no they weren’t for me, the game is changing, I look around the dressing room players are on their phones, maybe I’m a bit old school, a bit grumpy I don’t know, but I didn’t get it.

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