ROY KEANE took a sly dig at his old frenemy Peter Schmeichel live on the telly last night.
They were brilliant players together in Sir Alex Ferguson’s all-conquering Manchester United team in the 1990s – but it is no secret they never liked each other.
Their rivalry is thought to have come to head when they had a drunken scrap and Keane “head-butted” Schmeichel during a pre-season tour of Asia in 1998.
It left the Great Dane with a tasty black eye which was spotted by reporters at a press conference.
Recalling it in his autobiography, Keane, 51, said: “There’d been a little bit of tension between us over the years, for football reasons.
“Peter would come out shouting at players, and I felt sometimes he was playing up to the crowd: ‘Look at me!’
“He said, ‘I’ve had enough of you, it’s time we sorted this out.’ So I said okay and we had a fight.
“It felt like 10 minutes. There was a lot of noise – Peter’s a big lad.”
Viewers of Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show this week learned the bad blood has not gone away.
It came up when it was revealed 37-year-old Ashley Young’s goal in their 1-1 with Nottingham Forest made him Aston Villa’s second oldest scorer of all time.
Schmeichel is the oldest after the legendary keeper scored a collector’s item goal for Villa in October 2001 when he was just a month away from his 38th birthday.
When Keane was told “‘his old friend” still held the record, the deadpan Irishman rolled his eyes and replied: “Did you say a friend?”
Peter Schmeichel, 58, has had his say on the autobiography extract before and admitted: “Roy Keane is not he kind of person I would socialise with – but he would be the first player in my team.”
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