Roy Keane "used to stay away from" Duncan Ferguson and let down Micah Richards

Micah Richards and Roy Keane's budding bromance has been one of the revelations of 2021 with football fans loving the new dynamic duo on Sky Sports.

Despite lining up for rival clubs Manchester City and Manchester United during their playing careers, Richards and Keane have been enjoying each others company as central figures on the broadcasting channel over the past 12 months.

Richards has even managed to complete the daunting challenge of making Keane smile.

Known as the hardman of the Man Utd midfield, supporters have seen a softer side to Keane since he paired up with Richards.

The duo were filmed enjoying multiple car journeys together as part of SkyBet's 'Road To Wembley' and 'Driving Home For Christmas' series.

And when recording the Match of the Day podcast with Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer, the former City defender revealed why he couldn't pick Keane as his most feared Premier League player.

Richards ranked his Sky Sports colleague as fifth on the list for hardest footballers to have graced the top-flight.

During the recording, Lineker wanted an explanation from Richards.

He asked: "Roy Keane. Only five? Why only fifth?

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"Because Roy Keane is obviously, I mean he's a fearsome individual who you now work with – or is his bark worse than his bite?"

To which Richards responded: "I watched some videos. A couple of these are before my time.

"The reason why he slipped down to number five is because of Duncan Ferguson.

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"I was watching clips of him and (Jaap) Stam and Keane walked away from a confrontation, so I was like 'wooooow', how hard are you really then?

"Everyone did though. He's the ultimate hardman because nobody wants smoke with him, with Duncan Ferguson."

He added: "Roy Keane, he let me down to be honest."

Even Keane admitted confronting the ex-Everton man, who turns 50 on Monday, was a bridge too far in his quest to become the Premier League's most feared footballer.

He said, via HITC: "I used to stay away from him. We’re talking about characters earlier and he’s certainly that.

"He was a top, top player and he’s obviously been promoted up the last two or three weeks to work with the first-team and no doubt the strikers at Everton will learn a lot from him."

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