Manchester United legend reveals Arsenal 'hatred'

Published Add your comment

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane says he was driven by a 'hatred' for Arsenal during the intense years of rivalry between the two clubs as both pursued the Premier League title.

The two giants of the English game were the only winners of the top-flight between 1996 and 2004, with Keane leading Manchester for the majority of that period.

Although having lost its gravity in more recent years given Arsenal's steady decline - something that has been arrested this season - it remains one of the great feuds in Premier League history, and Keane admits he was obsessed by beating the Gunners.

Speaking in a TV programme documenting his own fierce relationship with Gunners captain Patrick Vieira, the Old Trafford legend said: "I had a lot of hatred for Arsenal."

One particular incident between these two players is remembered as their most iconic of clashes, as Keane and Vieira had to be separated in the tunnel before an encounter at Highbury in 2005.

Vieira confronted Gary Neville as the teams lined-up, something Keane took exception to, and the Manchester United captain let it all out in front of the TV cameras.

"I heard you picking on Gary," Keane said to Vieira as they recalled the clash. "You were picking on the weak link."

Vieira responded: "I said to him that if he touched Robert I would come after him."

Keane had the last laugh, however, as Manchester United triumphed 4-2.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Manchester United

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again