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Patrick Vieira jokes he doesn’t want to touch Roy Keane’s shirt in BT Sport’s What I Wore series

Patrick Vieira reopens his feud with Roy Keane by joking that he won’t touch his old rival’s shirt as he remembers their fights and ‘respect’ each other… despite insisting he was a ‘much better’ player then Manchester United legend

  • Patrick Vieira is the latest soccer star to participate in What I Wore. from BT Sport
  • The Arsenal legend looked back at some of the most iconic shirts of his career
  • He also got the Manchester United jersey from longtime opponent Roy Keane
  • Vieira joked he didn’t want to touch it until he confessed his ‘respect’ for Keane
  • The Frenchman couldn’t help but claim he was the ‘much better’ player

Patrick Vieira couldn’t resist a few digs at Roy Keane in the latest installment of BT Sport’s What I Wore series, joking that he didn’t want to touch the Manchester United legend’s shirt, while insisting he had the ‘much better ‘ player of the two.

Vieira enjoyed an iconic rivalry with Keane during his time at Arsenal, sharing some fiery and ill-tempered battles on the pitch as the Gunners and United go head-to-head at the top of the Premier League.

Their mutual disdain also boiled over during an infamous 2005 altercation in the Highbury tunnel, where an enraged Keane could be heard yelling that his old opponent was “not a nice guy.”

Patrick Vieira couldn't resist a few digs at Roy Keane in BT Sport's What I Wore series

Patrick Vieira couldn’t resist a few digs at Roy Keane in BT Sport’s What I Wore series

The Crystal Palace boss and Arsenal hero looked back at iconic shirts from his career

The Crystal Palace boss and Arsenal hero looked back at iconic shirts from his career

Since retiring, the two have put their feud to bed and even worked side by side as experts, but Vieira still took a hilarious swipe at Keane as he looked back at the shirts that bring back the best memories of his career.

When presented with one of Keane’s United shirts, the Frenchman joked: ‘That’s why I put my hand in my pocket, I don’t want to [touch] the T-shirt.’

But in a more serious tone, Vieira expressed admiration for Keane’s leadership skills and insisted he has “great respect” for the Irishman.

‘From the first game’ [against Keane],,I knew immediately that every game was going to be a fight”, he continued.

“So I loved the way he was on the pitch, it was a huge respect. And he was a leader, he was the captain of the team, he was the one who drove the team and the players to compete at the level that he was, and challenge the players.

His feud with Keane remains one of the most storied rivalries in Premier League history

His feud with Keane remains one of the most storied rivalries in Premier League history

“I admire him as a captain and I knew that would be one of those battles you have to try to win when you’re on the pitch.”

Nevertheless, after bragging that he got the better of Keane ‘very often’, Vieira was asked if he felt he was the better player of the two.

“Much better,” he said with a wry smile. “I’d say much better, yes.”

Arsenal and United dominated English football in the late 1990s and early 2000s, sharing the Premier League title between 1996 and 2004.

The rivalry between Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson at the time remains one of the most cherished memories in the history of the summit, with Vieira and Keane personifying their friction on the pitch.

“They were the best team, they were the team to beat,” Vieira said when shown United’s 1999/00 away game. “If you wanted to win the league, you had to be above United.

“So that was passion, that was competitiveness, and I don’t want to use the word hate, but it was love and hate.”



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