In a recent interview with Gary Neville for ‘The Overlap’, Roy Keane has admitted that he still thinks about the incident with Erling Haaland’s father, who retired due to injury
Roy Keane has admitted that he still thinks about the “stupid” incident with Alf-Inge Haaland in a recent interview with Gary Neville for ‘The Overlap’.
The infamous incident occurred in April 2001, as Keane was sent off for an awful challenge that contributed to an early retirement for Haaland, as the Irishman was fined £5,000 and suspended for three games.
Following Keane’s admittance that the assault was intentional, the Manchester United midfielder was fined an extra £150,000 and suspended for a further five games.
The foul is one of the most infamous in football history, and Keane has shed light on the incident.
During a quick-fire Q&A with Gary Neville, Keane’s former teammate asked if there was a “moment you still think about.”
Keane replied with: “In football I guess maybe when I done my cruciate, the Haaland stuff. When I got injured.”
In classic Keane style, there wasn’t much remorse as he revealed: “Yeah a bit stupid. I don’t think I deserved to do my cruciate for it.”
Haaland’s injury may have been sustained in 2001, but this was a tale of revenge for Keane, who snapped his cruciate in his left leg when lashing out at the former Manchester City and Leeds player four years prior.
Keane admitted he was in no fit state to play, but started the game between Manchester United and Leeds in 1997 regardless, and this is where the battle began, as the Irishman revealed in his autobiography.
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Keane admitted that Haaland was winding him up during the match, and five minutes from time he lunged at him, but ended up injuring himself as he was ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Neither player knew this at the time, but Haaland and Leeds teammate David Wetherall, immediately accused Keane of faking injury as he lay in agony on the field.
Haaland and Keane shared the pitch on many occasions over the next four years without any clashes between the pair, even after the Norwegian had joined Manchester City.
However, in the closing stages of the Manchester derby in April 2001, Keane decided to get his revenge, as the midfielder revealed: “I’d waited long enough.”
With four minutes of the match remaining, the United captain committed the awful studs-up challenge which sent Haaland flying to the deck, before Keane then leant over the City player and offered some choice words before storming off the field.
Haaland’s son, Erling, is now a superstar in Europe, with Manchester United linked with a future move for the Norwegian sensation.
It remains to be seen whether Keane’s actions may play a big part in young Haaland’s future, following the family’s relationship with United.
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