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Old Trafford greats gather to honour Alex Ferguson but Roy Keane snubs statue unveiling

The Corkman was the only absent skipper.

Eric Cantona and, behind, Peter Schmeichel at the ceremony.
Eric Cantona and, behind, Peter Schmeichel at the ceremony.
Image: Martin Rickett/POOL Wire/PA Wire/Press Association Images

WELL, WHAT DID you expect?

Roy Keane was the only captain from Alex Ferguson’s 26-year reign at Old Trafford not to attend the unveiling of the manager’s statue this afternoon.

The great and good of Manchester United’s history — like Eric Cantona, Bryan Robson and Peter Schmeichel – attended the ceremony in front of the stadium stand now dedicated to Ferguson.

The invitation from the club was seen as Fergie offering an olive branch to his former skipper. Keane left the club in acrimonious circumstances in 2005 after he criticised young team-mates on MUTV.

Keane’s fellow Leesider and former United and Ireland team-mate Denis Irwin did attend and was joined in the seated area in front of the stand by the likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Andy Cole, Ruud van Nistelrooy, and Edwin van der Sar. The current squad also lined out for the Eamonn Holmes-presented event.

What do you think of the Alex Ferguson statue that was unveiled today?

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