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‘If it had come to a fight, Patrick could probably have killed me’: Roy Keane on Highbury tunnel row in 2005

“If it had come to a fight, Patrick could probably have killed me,” Roy Keane wrote in his autobiography recalling the infamous spat in the tunnel at Highbury between United and Arsenal in February 2005.

“As I walked to the front I heard something going on at the top of the tunnel. All I could see was a few fingers, pointing at Gary [Neville]. I lost it. Five seconds earlier I’d been perfectly calm, in the zone, ready for the match.

“I’d thought they might have booted him out on the pitch. But in the tunnel? I just thought ‘The f******’. They were trying to bully him. They were a big team and, in the tunnel, they were even bigger. So I said to myself ‘Alright, let’s go’.”

Even though Vieira opened the scoring in the debut, Arsenal lost that game 4-2. However, the Gunners eventually finished second, 6 points ahead of United in the table. 



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