Roberto Firmino responds after Roy Keane rages at Man Utd and Liverpool players 'hugging' in the tunnel


Roy Keane was not happy with Manchester United and Liverpool’s players before their 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.

There wasn’t a tense scene in the tunnel as the two teams prepared to come out onto the pitch. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Man United duo Andreas Pereira and Fred were seen chatting warmly to fellow Brazilian Roberto Firmino, much to Keane’s disapproval.

“I’m disgusted with the players. You’re going to war, they’re hugging and kissing,” Keane said on Sky Sports.

“Don’t even look at the opposition. You’re going into battle against them.”

Former Man United midfielder Keane was involved in a memorable clash with Arsenal’s Patrick Vieira in the tunnel before a game in 2005.

But football has changed since Keane’s day. It’s common to see opposing players getting on before a match.

Firmino defends his actions

And Firmino has defended his actions, insisting it’s “quite normal” to greet an opposing player before going up against them.

“I don’t want to create controversy with anyone,” Firmino told ESPN Brasil.

“I find it quite normal before the game to greet each other, ask how they are doing.


“That’s all. Nothing more than that. But on the pitch, they aren’t friends, each one defends his club to the best of his ability.

“Then the rivalry increases on the pitch.”

Firmino will still have a hard time convincing Keane that it’s acceptable behaviour.

The seven-time Premier League winner is old fashioned and wants a rivalry like Man United vs Liverpool to be upheld at all times.


He’s as brutal in the studio as he was on the pitch and his comments before the 1-1 draw on Sunday only added to his extensive live of totally honest remarks.

Remember when he punctured England’s bubble after they lost agonisingly to Croatia in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup?

“You have to focus just on one game but everyone's talking about the final... that football's coming home,” Keane said, next to Englishmen Gary Neville, Ian Wright and Lee Dixon.

“I don't mind you being happy but you're getting carried away, you were planning the final and where the parades were.”

Not everyone will agree with what Keane has to say but his honesty makes him one of the most entertaining pundits on TV right now.

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