Roy Keane made a shock exit from Old Trafford today after 12-and-a-half years service with the club.
The club's official statement:
Manchester United has today reached agreement with Roy Keane for Roy to leave the Club with immediate effect.
The agreement allows Roy to sign a long term deal with another club to enable him to secure his playing career beyond what would have been the end of his contract at United in the summer.
The Club has offered Roy a testimonial in recognition of his 12 ½ years at Old Trafford.
The Club thanks Roy for his major contribution to the Club during his years of service.
However, RTÉ are reporting things slightly differently:
RTÉ sports editor Tony O'Donoghue claimed that the decision was far from mutual, and that Keane was forced out in what ammounted to a sacking.
According to O'Donoghue, Keane turned up for a Manchester United reserve game last night only to be told that his services were not needed. When he enquired further he was told to take up the issue with Alex Ferguson, and following talks today, his exit was announced. (http://www.rte.ie/sport/2005/1118/keaneroy.html)
RTÉ have a nice summary of his career at: