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Roy Keane ‘hated’ one Man Utd legend and they would ‘fight’ with each other ‘every day,’ they’re now close friends

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Phil Neville has claimed that Roy Keane “hated” one Manchester United legend and that the former Red Devils captain would “fight” with the individual “every day.”

Roy Keane arrived at Old Trafford in 1993 after he was snapped up from Nottingham Forest and the Manchester United legend had a remarkable impact at the club.

The 52-year-old ascended to the United captaincy after Eric Cantona’s sudden retirement and Keane established himself as a key figure at Old Trafford.

Keane was a remarkable box-to-box midfielder and also excelled in his role as captain, providing Sir Alex Ferguson with an influential leader on the pitch and off it.

The Irishman is widely regarded as one of the best captains of all time, with Keane playing an instrumental role in United’s treble-winning 1998-99 season.

Keane was known for his no-nonsense approach on the pitch and the Sky Sports pundit wasn’t afraid to make his feelings clear about the players he did not like.

However, the United legend holds his former club and international teammates in high regard, including naming one legendary ex-player as his best teammate ever.

Phil Neville, who was part of United’s famed ‘Class of ’92,’ suggested that Keane was not a big fan of one former Red Devils teammate during his time at Old Trafford.

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Phil Neville climbed his way through the Manchester United youth academy and went on to make an impressive 381 appearances under Sir Alex Ferguson.

The 47-year-old Portland Timbers manager would leave Old Trafford in 2005 and sign for Everton, with Neville spending the rest of his career at the Toffees.

Neville spent the majority of his United playing career alongside Keane, who was axed from Old Trafford in 2005 after his relationship with Ferguson fractured.

Speaking on The Greatest Game with Jamie Carragher in 2021, the former United star claimed that he shared a close relationship with ex-club teammate Keane.

Neville revealed that Keane even turned up to his wedding, despite the fact that the former United midfielder would “never turn up to anyone else’s wedding.”

The ex-United and Everton star added that Keane “hated” his older brother, Gary Neville, and the pair would “fight” with one another “every day.”

“Do you know what? I think he had a soft spot for me,” Neville said.

“He actually turned up to my wedding… and he would never turn up to anyone else’s wedding.

“He turned up to mine and had a good time – and his kids went to school with my kids.

“Every time I see him now, I think ‘he has a little bit of a soft spot for me.’

“I think because he hated Gary [Neville] so much – he used to fight with Gary every day – he saw me as the nice one.”

David Gill, who was chief executive at United during Ferguson’s reign, admitted last month that Gary Neville was one of the “hardest” players to work with.

Despite Phil’s claims, Keane and Gary have worked closely together on punditry for Sky Sports alongside other projects, including their work on The Overlap.

Phil Neville’s admiration for Keane

Gary, much like Phil, holds Keane in high admiration and inherited the captain’s armband at United from the Irishman after his fellow pundit left Old Trafford.

Despite poking fun at Gary on punditry and on The Overlap, Keane has shown a lot of respect to his fellow United legend and praised him for his impressive career.

Phil admitted that he was in awe at Keane’s brilliance as a leader and even called him the best captain he played under in his long professional career.

Speaking to Off The Ball, he said: “He was the greatest captain I ever played for and the person that I learned most from in my career in terms of standards that you’ve got to keep, in terms of leading a team from the front, in terms of never giving up, never letting your teammates down and standing up for your teammates when they’re in trouble.”

Phil added: “You remember certain things that he used to demand of you when I became captain of Everton. You had this thing in your head, ‘What would Roy say now?’”

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