Republic of Ireland midfielder Roy Keane has deferred a decision on his

Manchester United future until the end of the season. Keane has said that he is undecided about accepting the offer of a new contract from the club and needs more time to assess his options. However, he stressed that he would honour his current contract which expires next summer. Should Keane decide to move on at that stage, he will be a free agent under the terms of the Bosman ruling and stands to receive a massive signing-on fee from his next club.

Keane made his statement following Manchester United’s lacklustre victory over Leeds today. For long periods United were barely recognisable as the team which won three major trophies last season, but two goals in three minutes from striker Dwight Yorke gave them all three points.