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The Truth Behind Roy Keane And Patrick Vieira's Infamous Tunnel Bust-Up In 2005

The Truth Behind Roy Keane And Patrick Vieira's Infamous Tunnel Bust-Up In 2005

What really happened when Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira clashed on that infamous day in North London? How did all start?

Ahead of Monday night's clash between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford, we look back at one of the most iconic and heated moments in Premier League history.

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Every time these giants of English football clashed, words and tackles were exchanged, especially when the two of the biggest characters in the game locked horns and began scrapping in the Highbury tunnel in February, 2005.

It gave us a unique insight into how intense this rivalry really was.

Back in 2013, during the ITV documentary 'Keane and Vieira: The Best of Enemies', the former Manchester United midfielder mentioned that Gary Neville was the reason why it kicked off, saying:

"What really annoyed me that night was that you were picking on Gary, you were almost picking on the weakest link." Keane said.

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"So that's what got my back up. There were two or three of you ganging up on Gary, simple as that."

Roy Keane stands dejected after the opening goal scored by Arsenal's Patrick Vieira. Image: PA
Roy Keane stands dejected after the opening goal scored by Arsenal's Patrick Vieira. Image: PA

"It came out of the previous game we played at Old Trafford." Neville explained during an interview with Soccer AM.

"It was suggested that we were quite tough with [Jose Antonio] Reyes where he got subbed after an hour. I think I'd put a couple on him, I think Phil did and I think Scholesy did. But I got the brunt of it because I was playing against him as a direct opponent.

"I just remember hearing these footsteps behind me and Vieira shouting 'Neville, Neville... You're not going to kick our players out on this pitch today!'

"Roy obviously turned back, heard him and started having a go at him. And he sort of squirted his water bottle towards Roy. Then all hell broke loose."

Image: PA
Image: PA

So there we have it. There's more to this story than meets the eye.

A brilliant insight from Neville, who will likely feature on our screens on Monday Night Football when the two Premier League sides meet at Old Trafford.

Topics: Football News, Patrick Vieira, Football, Manchester United, Arsenal, Roy Keane

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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