Gary Neville Reveals The Truth Behind Roy Keane And Patrick Vieira's Infamous Tunnel Bust-Up

It got heated backed in 2005

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Back in the early noughties, Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira were two of the most hard-tackling, fiercely competitive midfielders in the Premier League.

And they hated each other.

Their rivalry famously came to a head in 2005, during the build-up to a must-win game between Manchester United and Arsenal at Highbury.

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Cameras picked up the moment that Keane confronted his French counterpart in the tunnel, after he saw Vieira apparently pick on Gary Neville.

And now the defender has spoken up about what really happened that night.

"It came out of the previous game we played at Old Trafford," Neville told Soccer AM.

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"It was suggested that we were quite tough with [Jose Antonio] Reyes where he got subbed after an hour. I think I'd put a couple on him, I think Phil did and I think Scholesy did. But I got the brunt of it because I was playing against him as a direct opponent.

"I just remember hearing these footsteps behind me and Vieira shouting "Neville, Neville... You're not going to kick our players out on this pitch today!"

"Roy obviously turned back, heard him and started having a go at him. And he sort of squirted his water bottle towards Roy. Then all hell broke loose."