Patrick Vieira has spoken out ahead of the Arsenal vs United match tomorrow, refleting on the infamous incidents between the two clubs.
Patrick Vieira ran away from Roy Keane ahead of the ‘Battle of Highbury’, where United beat Arsenal 4-2 on their own turf. After having a go at Gary Neville, our skipper was not very happy with Vieira, so chased him down the tunnel, having the held back by referee Graham Poll.
“I played with Roy Keane so many times, but the story that comes to my mind straight away is the argument we had at Highbury before the game in the tunnel,” said Vieira. “I remember saying a few words to Gary Neville because he was after Robert Pires every time. So I had a few words before the game and, of course, Roy Keane came to defend his own players. There were a few words going through the tunnel and of course some intimidation. So that was quite exciting and quite good.”
He has also spoken about the 0-0 at Old Trafford in which he was given his marching orders for a second yellow card with less than ten minutes to go. Ruud van Nistelrooy missed a last minute penalty, only to be hounded embarrassing by the Arsenal players.
“We played at Manchester and I was sent off during the game because I made a tackle and Van Nistelrooy acted like he was making a movie,” said Vieira. “I got really frustrated about it and wasn’t happy at all. After the game, I saw him next to the coach and we exchanged a few words. That was quite funny.”