One of the most fascinating rivalries in English football was brought to life in an ITV4 documentary on Tuesday night, sparking the debate.
Roy Keane or Patrick Viera?
They both had enormous presence on the pitch, both mentally and physically. Speaking of which, 'presents' weren't really something they exchanged, unless it was in the form of abuse, usually drawing blood.
Their famous tunnel antics in one particular game became a worldwide sensation, and is still shown to this day. It was a rivalry that could never be matched in their era, and even less so likely now, with physicality in the game gradually being seeped out.
While nowadays managers would probably play down, or calm down such a rivalry, Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson spurred it on, fuelling more hatred between the two.
Keane tenaciously put himself about, as Viera was the power-house in the slick passing Arsenal team, who soon became known as 'The Invincibles'.
They made every game a fierce one, and approached every game like a war.
Seeing them play in the same team would've been fascinating, but not as entertaining as they were playing against each other. They both had their strengths. They both had their weaknesses, not that they would admit those.
A rivalry within a rivalry, but who the better player was, is the debate that continues to rumble on. Two of the best players, in two of the best teams.
As they both went face to face to discuss past times, the spark in their eyes to wind each other up was still there. It seemed the spark in their eyes for another brawl, was well and truly gone.
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