Roy Keane has said he was disappointed to see his former manager Alex Ferguson depart Manchester United this week.

Speaking on ITV this afternoon, Keane stated that the understanding Ferguson held with his players inspired their success and admitted he felt fortunate to feature under him.

Keane said: "I wasn't as shocked as everyone else. At 71 he had great success and there are such demands in the game now.

"I was disappointed, of course. It's always sad to see a great manager leave the game.

"I have massive respect for what he's done as a manager. I was lucky to play under him and privileged to play for the club. He'll be a big loss.

"I always felt when I played under him, we just never wanted to let him down. That's what great managers do.

"Sometimes after big games it wasn't the hairdryer that worried me - it was when he was quiet.

"We worried we'd let the man down. The hairdryer never concerned me - he was just releasing a bit of anger, which we all do.

"He'd have a feel for what a certain player might need. I always felt he got that spot on. He had a feel for the group and what certain characters might need. He made a few mistakes, particularly with me towards the end, but he will still be missed.

"With a great manager you just felt you could not let him down."

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