Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira were the protagonists of what turned out to be football’s last real player rivalry as Manchester United battled Arsenal around the turn of the millennium.
With both teams simply a level above the rest for a couple of years, their meetings each season went a long way to deciding whether the Premier League trophy would reside in Old Trafford or Highbury the following year. The two captains embodied the ferocity with which these games were played with the pair coming to blows on more than one occasion.
Vieira, now head coach of New York City FC, was asked in an interview with Copa90 about his feud with the United legend and gave what could only be described (by an only somewhat biased Corkman) as an outrageous response.
“There was Roy Keane…and there was myself.
He’d always see the back of my shirt.”
In fairness to the Frenchman, he did also pay tribute to Keano, calling him a winner and “one of the best.”
We can only assume the Mayfield native has seen this and had a typically balanced and calm reaction.