Saha hits out at ex-United star Keane

It is a year since Keane paid the ultimate price for his outspoken views on where United were going wrong.

The Irishman found himself released by Ferguson after 12 glorious years at Old Trafford following an infamous tirade on the club’s own MUTV.

Keane’s words were never broadcast to subscribers and, although Ferguson claimed the outburst had nothing to do with his decision to axe his captain, Saha’s words suggest otherwise.

The Frenchman became the first United player to break ranks over the reasons behind Keane’s exit when he said: “He had a go at several players after the match at Middlesbrough. There was no problem with the players about what he said. In fact we deserved that. But he should have kept his words within the intimacy of the dressing-room.”

Keane is now manager of Sunderland after a short stint at Celtic following his release.

Abramovich’s stunning model

Soccer billionaire Roman Abramovich is enjoying a close friendship with a stunning brunette, gorgeous Russian society young woman Daria Zhukova.

The 40-year-old Chelsea owner ‘ married with five children ‘ has been meeting regularly with the model.

Daria (23), has been spotted with the tycoon in locations around the world.

Abramovich tried to gag the media from revealing the friendship. But after hearing Abramovich’s case, Judge Christopher Pitchford ruled “Nyet” ‘ dismissing his application for an injunction and ordering the tycoon to pay legal costs.

Daria is the daughter of a Russian playboy who once spent six months in jail before being cleared of dodgy international arms dealing.

Pompey won’t go shopping

Harry Redknapp is ready to spring a major surprise when the transfer window opens in January ‘ by not buying anybody!

The Portsmouth boss is known as one of football’s major wheeler-dealers.

But after a summer in which he spent only a fraction of the reported ’15 million Pompey owner Alexandre Gaydamak was ready to make available, Redknapp reckons he now has a squad he doesn’t really need to add to until at least next summer.

He said: “I have a terrific squad. I think come January I won’t have to get any players in.”

Hammers court Eriksson

Sven Goran Eriksson has been involved in talks about becoming West Ham manager if Kia Joorabchian’s takeover succeeds.

Former England boss Eriksson met with super agent Pini Zahavi recently.

Zahavi is close to Iranian Joorabchian (35) and is acting as an advisor over in the ‘104 million takeover package.

Zahavi is pushing hard for Eriksson to be installed at Upton Park given their long-standing relationship in the game.

Joorabichian will still have to be convinced, though. And the fact that Zahavi has spoken to Eriksson about the possibility will heap further questions marks on the motives of the Joorabchian consortium.

England: All talk but no action

Davor Suker has launched a scathing attack on England.

The former World Cup Golden Boot winner claims they never perform when it matters and never live up to the hype created by the expectant fans.

Suker, who had spells in the Premiership with Arsenal and West Ham, said: “These huge countries need to be a little bit quieter before big competitions. If you see a conversation before a World Cup or European Championship and someone says, ‘We will win’, it is only on paper.

“You need to demonstrate this on the pitch. And what happens because of this talk? You put more pressure on the team and, for everybody who plays England, it becomes easier. This is what happens with England. They never come through.”

Dave in dig at divers

Reading striker Dave Kitson has blasted the Premiership’s dive culture and insisted: “We don’t need to cheat to succeed”.

He said: “We are by no means the best-paid players in the Premiership. In fact, we are probably at the bottom of the scale. We don’t do too badly and we don’t feel the need to cheat, even when we play the big clubs.

“If we did I am certain we would lose the respect of the manager. I imagine he would come out and criticise us in public ‘ and rightly so. Diving is not the way we do things and it is just not in our nature.”

Why Wenger got Gunners job

Arsene Wenger landed his job as Arsenal boss because of his skill at playing charades.

The Frenchman, who has completed a decade in charge, is the Gunners’ most successful manager ‘ and repeatedly engages Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson in mindgames.

But it was his ability at mime games that persuaded Arsenal vice chairman David Dein to push for his appointment.

Dein recalled: “I was convinced Arsene would become our manager from the first day I met him. On the day we first met we went for dinner at the home of some of my friends. After the meal we played charades.

It was not easy for Arsene, as he did not speak English as well as he does now. But he played the game at full tilt, and made himself understood. At that point I realised that he was no ordinary person.”

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