It wasn’t typically throughout his enjoying profession that Roy Keane was bested in a midfield battle and he actually did not prefer it when a younger Cesc Fabregas went in onerous on him.
In reality, Fabregas has revealed that he later found that the Manchester United hero was so enraged by one explicit deal with that he wished to ‘smash’ him in revenge. The incident got here in United’s FA Cup closing defeat to Arsenal in 2005, wherein Fabregas and Keane, alongside Paul Scholes, lined up towards one another of their respective groups’ midfield.
Regardless of being simply 18 on the time and developing towards among the best midfield in Premier League historical past, Fabregas confirmed no concern as he steamed into Keane with a crunching deal with — with a whole disregard for the Irishman’s ferocious popularity.
Keane, as one would possibly anticipate, wasn’t greatest happy with the deal with and shortly went about plotting his revenge. Fabregas has revealed that his fellow Catalonian and ex-Barcelona teammate, Gerard Pique, who performed for United on the time, later informed him that Keane promised to offer him a receipt.
“I tackled Roy Keane really hard and I felt really good about it because he was always giving me a tough time,” Fabregas informed The Occasions. “A few years later, Gerard said to me that at half-time Keane said: ‘that Spanish friend of yours, I will smash him, he killed me.'”
Remarkably, Fabregas managed to remain unscathed and play the complete 120 minutes as the ultimate remained goalless and was received by the Gunners on penalties. It will be the one trophy the playmaker would win throughout his time in North London.