Roy Keane gave a Rangers legend the coldest of welcomes when he arrived at Manchester United and the pair did not speak to each other for three months.
Andy Goram, who won five Scottish league titles with Rangers in the 1990s, has opened up about his 2000-01 spell at Man United and the death stare he received from Keane, a childhood Celtic fan , since they agreed that “it didn’t make sense”. to even talk to each other.
Goram, 36, entered Old Trafford as short-term loan cover for the injured Fabien Barthez and Raimond van der Gouw.
Steve McClaren, United’s assistant manager, introduced the goalkeeper to his new teammates. However, he got few changes from Keane, with Goram explaining that this was because the United captain was a staunch Celtic man, while Goram is a Rangers hero.
“We just never talk,” Goram said on the Anything Goes with James English podcast. “We had nothing in common. His beliefs and mine are a mile apart.
“I met all the players in the dressing room, Steve McClaren took me. He knew most of them, the Nevilles and all that, he played cricket with his father.
“And it came to Roy Keane and you know, you shake hands. He just looked at me and I said, ‘It doesn’t make sense, does it?’ And he said, ‘No.’ And we never spoke for three months.
That is a look from Keane if it made Goram instantly realize that they would never speak to each other.
Goram went into more detail about how Keane “hated to see him” at Manchester United in his autobiography (according to Pundit Arena).
“Shark eyes. Dead, emotionless, looking at me. No handshake. Welcome to Manchester United. Roy Keane style,” he wrote.
“From that second I knew there was no point in me making an effort with Keane. Roy had things that he stood for, things that framed his life, beliefs that he clung to with burning intensity. Well, I had mine. What he did to me on that first morning at work at the most famous football club in the world did not faze me.
“He was a Celtic man, I was a Rangers man. He didn’t like me. End of story. It’s fine. After all, I did enough that some Celtic fans didn’t want me in seven years at Ibrox .
“There wasn’t going to be a handshake. Never. The truth is that we didn’t exchange a polite word in the three months I was at Old Trafford.”
Keane would go on to play for Celtic for 13 games in the final season of his career, after being let go by Manchester United. Following his brief stint at Old Trafford, Goram continued to play until 2004, when he retired and worked as a goalkeeping coach.