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Video - Martin O'Neill hits back at Fergie over Keano snipes

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Keane and O'Neill have been a successful partnership for Ireland
Keane and O'Neill have been a successful partnership for Ireland

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has hit out at Alex Ferguson's suggestion that Roy Keane was not a world class player during his reign as Manchester United's midfield general.

Keane and Ferguson had a bitter fall-out as their working relationship at United crumbled, with the recriminations between the duo continuing long after their parting.

Both have sniped at each other in subsequent autobiographies, with Ferguson's suggestion that his former skipper was never a world class player sparking debate aplenty earlier this year.

Now O'Neill has offered this stout defence of his assistant with the Ireland national team, in an interview with Setanta Sports: