Roy Keane reflects on nasty rivalry with Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has spoken about the battles he had with Arsenal and Patrick Vieira.

Keane and Vieira fronted Sky Sports’ coverage of Super Super, with title contenders Man City and Arsenal in action.

City are currently leading Everton 2-0 at half-time, while Arsenal will be aiming to keep the pressure on Pep Guardiola’s side when they host Brighton in the 4:30pm kick-off.

As you’d expect, Sky Sports are making the most of their star duo today, with plenty of footage to share on social media. They even posted a playful montage of the pair shadow-boxing in the build-up to the show.

Talking about the pressures of the title race, Vieira jokingly had a pop at Keane, saying: “Of course, it can get really sweet [too], especially when you go to Old Trafford and win it over there. That made it even more special.”

Footage courtesy of Sky Sports

Keane was then seen shaking his head – before adding (via The Mirror): “That’s what you want with the big clubs [a rivalry]. When I was playing Patrick [Vieira] we had a rivalry, obviously because you’re trying to win championships. We played the same position so there was always going to be clashes. Big personalities at the big clubs, you’re trying to win the big prizes. You’re showing clips there of what it was like back in our time and it was brilliant.

“You really, really miss it because it was aggressive, it was nasty, there were some top-quality play, there was obviously pace to the game and you knew that every time you played Arsenal, from United’s point of view, that result was going to be so vital if you wanted to get your hands on the title. They were great days.”

Manchester United still have a long way to go to mount a title challenge. Keane could probably still offer something to our midfield.

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