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Man Utd legend Keane frightened Ian Harte with sudden warning on boozy night out

SOBERING THOUGHT 15:59, 14 Jan 2022Updated: 16:06, 14 Jan 2022LEEDS UNITED legend Ian Harte has opened up on the sobering time Manchester United star Roy Keane threatened to ‘smash him’. The two were team-mates for a number of years with Republic of Ireland and used to socialise on nights out. 2Roy Keane was no-nonsense on, and off, the pitch during his career 2Former Leeds star Ian Harte has revealed one moment Keane struck fear into him before a big game against Manchester United But Keane never lost sight that Harte played for big rivals Leeds on the club scene – and decided to let him know all about it over a beer. Speaking to FourFourTwo Harte, who has remained good friends with Keane, explained: “Back when we both played for Ireland, we’d sometimes go for a drink together. “After one night out, we got back to the hotel – Leeds were due to play Manchester United on the Saturday. “Roy turns around and says, ‘Hartey, you’re a great lad. But when we play you at the weekend, I’m gonna f***ing smash you!’ “I sobered up straight away and went to bed. I love Roy, though – I’ve got so much respect for him.” Harte was part of David O’Leary’s exciting Leeds squad that made it to the Champions League semi-finals in 2000-01. BETTING SPECIAL – GET £40 IN FREE BETS ON THE AFCON That featured the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Mark Viduka, Alan Smith and Harry Kewell. The left-back became known for his goalscoring exploits from free-kicks, scoring 28 goals in his 213 appearances for the Whites. And of course, with Leeds being found at the top end of the Premier League time during his career, Harte often found himself up against the legendary Keane. ⚽ Read our Transfer News Live blog for the very latest rumours, gossip and done deals

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