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The Only Time Roy Keane Backed Down From A Confrontation

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The Only Time Roy Keane Backed Down From A Confrontation

Roy Keane has made a name for himself for never backing down from a fight no matter who it was.

He tussled with Patrick Vieira on many an occasion on the pitch, had fiery arguments with his long-time manager Sir Alex Ferguson and then a bitter feud with former Stoke City striker Jon Walters during his role as assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national team.

And his punditry with ITV and Sky Sports provides further evidence that he quite enjoys conflict.

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However, there was one instance where Keane walked away from a potential clash and that was when Darren Moore, current Sheffield Wednesday manager, was involved.

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Moore was playing for Barnsley in a 2-1 win over Keane's Ipswich Town side in October 2009. The man mountain of a centre-back was fouled in the build-up to the winning goal and that led to a sarcastic comment from Keane in the Oakwell tunnel after the game.

The Jamaica international got in Keane's face and according to ex Barnsley defender Stephen Foster, the former Manchester United skipper didn't quite fancy it and was made to look very small in the scuffle.

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"Going into the tunnel, Keane barged in and muttered something under his breath as Mooro was walking past," Foster told TheStar.co.uk, as per Pundit Arena.

"Mooro gave him a chance to change his mind. He stopped dead and asked him to repeat himself. Roy said, 'You go down easy for a big man, don't you?'

"Well, Mooro's face. He didn't say a thing, he just turned around, squared up to him and just stood there, looking down on him.

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"Keane just shrank in Mooro's shadow.

"It was the first and only time I'd seen or heard of Roy looking that way, he's obviously a tough bloke. There was a little bit of a scuffle, no real fighting. But Roy certainly regretted muttering those words to Mooro as he walked past."

Moore was about four inches taller than Keane and built like a unit, so you can understand why Keane reconsidered his approach.

Topics: Manchester United, Roy Keane

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