Patrick Vieira could not resist a number of digs at Roy Keane within the newest installment of BT Sport’s What I Wore sequence, joking that he did not need to contact the Manchester United legend’s shirt whereas insisting he was the ‘significantly better’ participant of the 2.
Vieira loved an iconic rivalry with Keane throughout his time at Arsenal, sharing a variety of fiery and ill-tempered battles on the pitch because the Gunners and United went toe-to-toe on the prime of the Premier League.
Their mutual disdain additionally boiled over throughout an notorious 2005 spat within the Highbury tunnel, the place a livid Keane may very well be heard shouting that his outdated adversary was ‘not a pleasant man’.
Arsenal icon Patrick Vieira is the most recent soccer star to look in BT Sport’s What I Wore sequence
Vieira could not resist a dig at outdated rival Roy Keane when proven the Man United legend’s shirt
The Frenchman joked that he did not need to contact it earlier than confessing his ‘respect’ for Keane
Since retiring the pair have put their feud to mattress and even labored alongside one another as pundits, however Vieira nonetheless took a hilarious swipe at Keane whereas trying again on the shirts which finest evoke recollections of his profession.
When offered with one in all Keane’s United shirts, the Frenchman joked: ‘That is why I put my hand in my pocket, I do not need to [touch] the shirt.’
On a extra critical be aware, nevertheless, Vieira expressed his admiration for Keane’s management qualities and insisted he has ‘large respect’ for the Irishman.
‘From the primary recreation [against Keane], I knew immediately that it is going to be a struggle in each single recreation,’ he continued.
‘So I cherished the way in which he was on the sphere, it was large respect. And he was a pacesetter, he was the captain of the group, he was the one who was driving the group and the gamers to compete on the stage he was, difficult the gamers.
Vieira and Keane’s intense rivalry stays one of many best in Premier League historical past
Tempers typically flared between the Arsenal and United midfielders each on and off the pitch
‘I love him as a captain and I knew that may be one of many battles to attempt to win if you’re on the pitch.’
However, after boasting that he obtained the higher of Keane ‘actually typically’, Vieira was requested if he felt he was the higher participant of the 2.
‘A lot better,’ he mentioned with a wry smile. ‘I’d say significantly better, sure.’
Arsenal and United dominated English soccer all through the late Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s, sharing the Premier League title between them from 1996 up till 2004.
Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson’s managerial rivalry throughout that point stays one of the crucial fondly remembered in top-flight historical past, with Vieira and Keane personifying their friction on the pitch.
‘They had been one of the best group, they had been the group to beat,’ Vieira mentioned when proven United’s away strip from the 1999/00 marketing campaign. ‘If you happen to wished to win the league you needed to be above United.
Vieira additionally opened up on Arsenal’s historic Invincibles marketing campaign within the 2003/04 season
He says former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was the one one who believed it was attainable
‘In order that was ardour, that was competitiveness, and I do not need to use the phrase hate, however it was love and hate.’
The excessive level for Arsenal throughout that interval got here in 2003/04, after they grew to become champions whereas going by all the season unbeaten. No different Premier League group has achieved that feat.
When requested if he knew they might pull it off, Vieira mentioned: ‘No, under no circumstances. I am 100 per cent certain. To be sincere, the one one which was believing we might undergo the season unbeaten was Arsene. However he by no means talked about something to us.
‘For us, we undergo the season and we wished to compete our greatest to win the league. We knew that we had been ok to win the league, however we by no means considered going by the season unbeaten.
‘In fact you are constructing that sort of perception, you play properly in every recreation, the arrogance, the idea, you handle to win the title and there is a few video games left, then we mentioned “ok we could do something special here.”‘
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