Micah Richards talks about his newfound craftsmanship with Roy Keane – and how he earned his respect

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Micah Richards puts the lid on his bromance with Roy Keane as he reveals how he earned his respect, why he likes to make the legend of United ‘uncomfortable’ – and the real reason behind THAT onscreen bust between the Irishman and Jamie Redknapp

  • Micah Richards opened Roy Keane for the Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast
  • He told Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer what he thought about becoming an expert
  • Richards felt he deserved Keane’s respect after his ‘burst-on-the-scene’ moment
  • The former defender also revealed why Keane lost his temper during an on-air debate
  • He had arrived late at the studio and expressed his anger at Jamie Redknapp

Micah Richards has opened up about his bromance with Roy Keane and revealed that he loves making the legendary midfielder feel ‘uncomfortable’.

The duo have built on-screen chemistry despite representing Manchester’s rival halves as players, with Premier League fans enjoying their light-hearted exchanges as experts for Sky Sports.

Speaking to Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer on the Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast, Richards admitted that he wasn’t sure what to expect from Keane when he first appeared as an expert.

Micah Richards and Roy Keane have gotten a bromance since joining forces on Sky Sports

Micah Richards and Roy Keane have gotten a bromance since joining forces on Sky Sports

Richards feels he has won Keane's respect after last season's 'burst on scene' exchange

Richards feels he has won Keane's respect after last season's 'burst on scene' exchange

Richards feels he has won Keane’s respect after last season’s ‘burst on scene’ exchange

“Roy is a legend of the game and when I start working with someone at first I don’t get nervous – I never get nervous – but you respect people and that’s the way it should be,” Richards said. ‘I’ve seen his clips and he destroyed people left, right and center.

“ The first clip that made the rounds was where I said I was going to come on the scene as a defender, that’s the one that went viral, and he said he didn’t know any defenders who had come on the scene.

‘I said wait a minute I’m the youngest defender ever for England, won the Premier League and won the FA Cup’ and at that point he was like, ‘OK’ – I deserved a little bit of his respect .

Richards, pictured with BBC presenter Gabby Logan, is now a regular Premier League pundit

Richards, pictured with BBC presenter Gabby Logan, is now a regular Premier League pundit

Richards, pictured with BBC presenter Gabby Logan, is now a regular Premier League pundit

‘After that I loved working with him, because I can never compete with Roy Keane as a player, or his medals, but I can make him feel uncomfortable in front of the camera, and that’s my strength.’

Richards recently found himself in the middle of a heated on-air debate between Keane and Jamie Redknapp ahead of Tottenham’s match against Burnley, and the former Manchester City star has shed some light on why Keane had the bump.

“He was driving to London, but he was late,” Richards said.

‘Normally he gets there an hour or an hour and a half early, but he got stuck in a traffic jam and he got there 20 minutes before he took to the air and you could see his hair was all wavy along with his suit.

“Jamie just got his anger for being an hour later than he should have been and he got the anger!”

Keane was in devastating shape during a furious on-air feud with Jamie Redknapp last month

Keane was in devastating shape during a furious on-air feud with Jamie Redknapp last month

Keane was in devastating shape during a furious on-air feud with Jamie Redknapp last month

Redknapp strongly disagreed with Keane about the ability of several stars in Tottenham's roster

Redknapp strongly disagreed with Keane about the ability of several stars in Tottenham's roster

Richards explained that Redknapp (pictured) felt Keane’s anger for arriving late

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