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“Keane And Scholes Were Toughest Opponents When I Was At Arsenal”

Former Arsenal captain, Patrick Vieira, has today confessed that Manchester United midfielders, Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, were the best he came across during his nine years in the Premiership.

When asked about his most difficult opponents, Keane and Scholes were the only players he described at length, speaking in full praise of the pair.

“For me, being in England for nine years, I would have said Roy Keane. (He) is really tough, really strong, but he was fair,” said Vieira. “What I like about him is the fact that he would not talk, he would take the kick, he would not say anything, then, on the next one, he would give it to you and he would expect, of course, that you say nothing. He’s not the kind of player who talks a lot. So he’ll take the kick, he will give back, but I like him – he’s quite fair.”

Vieira was also impressed by Scholes, a player he admits he never got the better of.

“One that may surprise you is Scholes – because I never knew how to mark him,” Vieira added. “This guy is really clever – he can play one touch, two touches – so it’s really difficult to get to him at the right time to try to get the ball. I would have said he’s one of the tough players I had to face because by the time you get to him the ball is gone already.”

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  1. Red-Manc says:

    Keane vs Vieria was what made the United arsenal game the one i used to look forward to miss them days.

    Everyone loves Scholesy because he’s the best midfielder in the world.

  2. Mic says:

    I miss the whole Keane and Vieira thing, great days, I loved to hate Arsenal, now I don’t mind them ‘cuz I enjoy their little passing game knowing they won’t win anything.

  3. Tom F says:

    lol – agree with Red-Manc

    “Everyone loves Scholesy because he’s the best midfielder in the world.”

    haha, not a bad reason at all!

  4. Eli Shares says:

    Do you guys know any footballers who writes a blog? I think they should start writing one. Giving tips like “How to be a great footballer like me” and sharing all his experiences.

  5. denton davey says:

    Mic – it’s OK to STILL HATE TheArse. The only allowable exceptions are when they play against the RentBoyz or LiverPoo.

  6. Failsworth Devil says:

    Lol… at Davey… i agree with ya there bud lol

  7. King Eric says:

    some top footage on youtube showing arguments in tunnel pre game between Keano and viera. absolute legend, just hope he does ok at Sunderland (after saturday s game) .

  8. TonyBee says:

    I wish they had a camera when Keano gave Vera-ia a slap cos of him trying to bully Gazza after he gave Reyes such a kicking in the previous meeting …. and dont forget lads when the Arse-Bandits-nal come to Old Trafford again,… before they chuck Pizza all over SAF make sure you piss all over their grub first ….the cunts.

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  10. Holloway Harry says:

    Vieira won the league at OT. Something Keane could never do! Wind it in girls.

  11. suhayl says:

    Keane won 8 titles…4 fa cups…a league cup and a european cup. Something viera couldnt do. So fuck off you muppet holloway..before i rip you to shreds ala keany would


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