‘I’ve never regretted anything I’ve done…I’ve got players HURT HURT’: Roy Keane says his ‘shrinking’ Micah Richards Alf-Inge Haaland’s horrific injury was due to ‘being in combat’ as Former Manchester United captain reflects on his spirited side
- Roy Keane told Micah Richards about the fiery moments in his career
- The pair did a Q&A session during SkyBet’s Road to Wembley Euro 2020 series
- Richards brought up the infamous tackle Keane made about Erling Haalandand’s father
- Keane says he doesn’t regret anything he did on a pitch and was just ‘in the fight”
Roy Keane has taken on the horror challenge he took on Erling Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, during their time as midfield rivals in the Manchester derby.
In April 2001, United captain Keane took on Haaland in the Man City blue, leaving his opponent flat on the grass after a knee-high challenge. It was one that would ultimately curtail Haaland’s career in the years that followed.
Now, more than 20 years later, Keane is candid about the incident while out for a ride with his colleague air sports expert Micah Richards.
Roy Keane opened up to Micah Richards about his infamous challenge on Alf-Inge Haaland
In April 2001, Keane challenged Haaland to a sickening challenge that virtually curtailed his career
An angry Keane stands over Haaland – the pair had history from the defender’s time in Leeds
The duo travels together in the car to the national stadium, as part of SkyBet’s Road to Wembley segment in preparation for Euro 2020.
And Richards took the opportunity to ask famous hard man Keane if he regretted the actions he had taken during his playing days.
“May I tell you something, I’ve never regretted anything I did on a football field, never,” Keane replied with conviction.
“I was sent away and I abandoned my team.”
Keane went on to tell Richards that he did not regret his actions, not even the red cards
When Richards asked him about the infamous incident with Haaland, Keane started to give his reasoning.
“For me, I was fighting people, I was standing in the middle of the park.”
Richards outlined that Keane had no intention of hurting the Norwegian and the former United man agreed, stressing that it was instead a case of hurting Haaland.
“No, no of course,” Keane said, before expanding on, “Have I started hurting players? Of course I did.
‘I would never apologize for that. And people started hurting me.
Keane was never far from controversy on the pitch and caused some bite in the United ranks
“I’ve never in my life gone out to injure a player, [but] did i go out to hurt players? Class.
“If you’re going to hit a ball in the middle of the park, there’s a good chance someone will get hurt.”
Keane soon realized he was opening up to Richards more than he intended and sent his fellow expert into a fit of hysteria by observing, “This is like my psychiatrist.
“Getting all these things off my chest.”
Alf-Inge Haaland is now better known around the world as the father of Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling, who is currently one of the most sought-after footballers in the world.
Alf-Inge is now known around the world as the father of Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling
In the years that followed the injury, Alf-Inge spoke out sparingly about the incident, refusing to publicly argue with his longtime rival over something that is now far in the past.
In 2008, Alf-Inge told Sportsmail: “The worst thing about what he did and what he wrote in his book is the example it set for young children following big players like him. They see these things and think it’s okay.
“I played centrally in midfield, had collisions with people every week, but at the end of the game you shake hands and the problems remain on the pitch. That should have happened between me and him.’