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The 50-year-old Irishman enjoyed a legendary on-pitch rivalry with Vieira during United and Arsenal’s heated clashes in the 2000s.
However, Keane didn’t pass up the opportunity to take a hilarious dig at the Arsenal legend on Sunday.
The former United captain was on pundit duties for Sky Sports ahead of Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at the Emirates.
One fan asked Keane ‘where's Vieira?’ while he was on the touchline, which prompted the Premier League legend to pull his trouser pocket before giving a cheeky smile.
One fan wrote: “Was that a smile from Roy Keane?”
Someone else posted: “Ledge… and that's coming from a Gooner.”
A third said: “Couldn’t help himself.”
While a fourth added: “My mate Ty won’t be happy with this.”
During a recent quick-fire Q&A with Gary Neville, Keane insisted that he was a better player than Vieira.
“I thought I was better than Patrick [Vieira], yeah,” he said on Sky Sports’ The Overlap.
Despite his battles with Vieira on the pitch, Keane snubbed the Crystal Palace manager when it came to his toughest opponent of all time.
The former Republic of Ireland international told fellow Sky Sports pundit Micah Richards in June that he loved how “nasty” Zinedine Zidane was on the pitch.
“Do you know why? Honestly, still to this day people don't realise how big he [Zidane] was,” Keane said.
“When I played against him, I'm quite a small guy -- I'm 5’10” and I'm really slight. People may think maybe I look bigger on the pitch...
“The best thing when I used to play against Zidane -- at club level and I played against him for Ireland -- the advice I would get from my friends in Ireland would be, 'just kick him!' That would be the technical advice.
“I used to say, 'He's 6’2”. He can deal with that!' I think he'd been sent off eight or nine times. What he was and what I loved about Zidane was that he was nasty.”
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