Gary Neville was at the centre of one of football’s most famous fights in 2005 when Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira clashed prior to a clash between Manchester United and Arsenal.
As the teams lined out in the tunnel before the game, the two captains almost came to blows before the referee eventually managed to calm them down. To this day, it’s one of the most talked about moments in the Premier League era.
The spat started when Vieira approached Neville about his treatment of Jose Antonio Reyes in a previous game before Keane intervened. The Frenchman then squirted his bottle at his opposite number and, as Neville puts it, all hell broke loose.
Check out the fascinating insight into the incident the former United defender gave Soccer AM below.
The incident seemed to rattle Arsenal somewhat and United ran out 4-2 winners in the end.
It was just one of a number of times the pair clashed both on and off the pitch but Keane has spoken in glowing terms about him of late stating he drove him to become a better player. He added, however, that he and the former Gunner would never be “bosom buddies”.
Say what you like about either player, but they were absolute warriors.