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Roy Keane's infamous 'prawn sandwich brigade' rant at Man Utd fans is still incredible, 22 years on

Jack Kenmare

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Roy Keane's infamous 'prawn sandwich brigade' rant at Man Utd fans is still incredible, 22 years on

It remains one of Roy Keane's most infamous rants. And he's had a fair few since.

On the evening of November 9, 2000, reigning European champions Manchester United would come up against a useful Dynamo Kyiv side in the Champions League group stages.

It was a must-win game for Sir Alex Ferguson's men. Fellow group stage hopefuls PSV and Anderlecht were set to face each other and United knew only a win would help them progress to the knockout stages.

But fear not. Those inside Old Trafford would often crank up the atmosphere when these big European nights came along.

And to the their delight, a goal from Teddy Sheringham sealed a far-from-convincing 1-0 win against a resilient Kyiv team.

Teddy Sheringham celebrates alongside Roy Keane after scoring against Dynamo Kyiv. Image credit: Alamy
Teddy Sheringham celebrates alongside Roy Keane after scoring against Dynamo Kyiv. Image credit: Alamy

Plenty associated with United would breathe a collective sigh of relief as they continued their run in Europe.

But one player in particular was furious as he walked off the Old Trafford pitch that night. Captain Roy Keane was far from happy with the reaction of some fans throughout.

In fact, after the full-time whistle, he gave one of the most extraordinary post-match interviews of all time.

Here it is, in all its glory:

"Our fans away from home are as good as any, but some of them come here and you have to wonder do they understand the game of football?

"We're 1-0 up, then there are one or two stray passes and they're getting on players' backs. It's just not on.

"At the end of the day they need to get behind the team. Away from home our fans are fantastic, I'd call them the hardcore fans.

"But at home they have a few drinks and probably the prawn sandwiches, and they don't realise what's going on out on the pitch.

"I don't think some of the people who come to Old Trafford can spell football, never mind understand it.

"To win games by three and four every time - these people need fantasy football. They need to get in the real world.

"We need to improve because it is definitely going to get harder. It's up to the players to pull their fingers out, especially away from home."

Keane was never one to hold back during his playing career. Five years later, he would once again make the headlines for a brutal, yet entertaining, set of post-match comments.

On 29 October 2005, United were well beaten by Middlesbrough at the Riverside, losing 4-1 in a dreadful showing from Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

After the full-time whistle, MUTV went straight to an injured Keane to get his thoughts on the game.

The Irishman, of course, pulled no punches in the "Roy Keane Plays The Pundit" section of the show, slating a number of players including Rio Ferdinand, who was at fault for the second goal after being dispossessed by Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink.

"I have seen that happen to Rio before," the Irishman said. "It is poor defending. Just because you are paid £120,000 a week and play well for 20 minutes against Tottenham you think you are a superstar."

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A livid Keane also criticised several other Manchester United players, including Darren Fletcher and Alan Smith, during a quite remarkable rant.

As a result, he was fined £5,000 as the club sought to destroy all copies of the tape.

Featured Image Credit: MUTV/Alamy

Topics: Roy Keane, Manchester United, Premier League, Dynamo Kiev, Champions League

Jack Kenmare
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