Roy Keane told Steve Sidwell to ‘f*** off’ after the former Arsenal trainee asked for an autograph, he has revealed.
The feisty Irishman is known for his ferocity and tough tackling and he was especially revved up when he played the Gunners.
One incident involved Keane and Patrick Vieira in the tunnel before the match as Manchester United prepared to take Arsenal on.
More recently, the former Sunderland manager hit out at the Red Devils and Liverpool before their match on Sunday.
He became incensed when he saw players ‘hugging and kissing’ in the tunnel at Old Trafford .
And Sidwell has revealed he has been on the receiving end of Keane’s very own brand of TLC.
Speaking to JOE, he said: “I can see what Roy Keane is saying.
“I remember being at Arsenal when I was in the youth system.
“I was at Highbury with my match-day programme and he told me to f*** off because he was going out to war against Arsenal.
“It was a tight tunnel and I was just like ’okay’, but now looking back on it I know what it means to him. They were going down there and they’re arch rivals.”
Roberto Firmino recently hit back at Keane after his criticism, telling ESPN Brazil: “I don’t want to create controversy with anyone.
“I find it quite normal before the game to greet each other, ask how they are doing. That’s all. Nothing more than that.
“But on the pitch, they aren’t friends, each one defends his club to the best of his ability. Then the rivalry increases on the pitch.”
United played out a 1-1 draw with Liverpool to end Jurgen Klopp’s winning start to the Premier League.
The Reds are still six points clear at the top while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are two points above relegation.