“I’ve never regretted anything I’ve done … I went out to hurt players”: Roy Keane tells his “shrunken” Micah Richards that Alf-Inge Haaland’s terrible injury was due to “being in combat” how he thinks about his temperamental side
- Roy Keane opened up the fiery moments of his career to Micah Richards
- The couple did a Q&A session during SkyBet’s Road to Wembley Euro 2020 series
- Richards brought up the infamous tackle Keane made to Erling Haaland’s father
- Keane says he has no regrets for anything he did on a court and was just “in combat”.
Roy Keane has taken on the horror challenge that he posed to Erling Haaland’s father Alf-Inge during his time as midfield rival in the Manchester derby.
In April 2001 United captain Keane took on Haaland in the blue of Man City and left his opponent on the lawn with full strength after a knee-high challenge. It was one that would definitely limit Haaland’s career in the years that followed.
Now, over 20 years later, Keane has disclosed the incident while driving with his colleague Sky Sports Expert Micah Richards.
Roy Keane opened up to Micah Richards in his infamous challenge against Alf-Inge Haaland
In April 2001, Keane Haaland posed a disgusting challenge that nearly narrowed his career
An angry Keane stands over Haaland – the couple had a story from the Leeds defense attorney’s days
The duo took car trips to the national stadium as part of a joint project SkyBets Road to Wembley segment in preparation for Euro 2020.
And Richards took the opportunity to ask renowned tough guy Keane if he regrets the actions during his playing time.
“May I tell you something, I’ve never regretted anything I did on a soccer field,” Keane replied with conviction.
“I was sent off and let my team down.”
Keane went on to tell Richards that he didn’t regret any of his actions, not even the red cards
When asked by Richards about the infamous Haaland incident, Keane began to set out his reasoning.
“For me, I was fighting with people, I was in the middle of the park.”
Richards pointed out that Keane didn’t want to hurt the Norwegian, and the former United man agreed, insisting that it was Haaland instead.
“No, of course not,” said Keane, before continuing, “Did I injure players? Of course I have.
“I would never apologize for that. And people hurt me.
Never far from controversy on the pitch, Keane kept the United ranks biting
“I’ve never gone out to hurt a player in my life, [but] Did I go out to hurt players? Course.
“If you’re playing a ball in the middle of the park, there’s a good chance someone will get hurt.”
Keane soon found he was opening up to Richards more than he’d intended and sent his colleague into a fit of hysteria by noting, “This is like my plumber.
‘Getting all of these things off my chest.’
Alf-Inge Haaland is now better known worldwide as the father of Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling, who is currently one of the most wanted footballers in the world.
Alf-Inge is now known worldwide as the father of Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling
In the years following the injury, Alf-Inge made little comment on the incident and refused to openly talk to his old rival about something that has long since become a thing of the past.
In 2008 Alf-Inge told Sportsmail: “The worst part of what he has done and written in his book is the example that is there for young children who follow great players like him. You see these things and think it’s okay.
“I played in central midfield, I had clashes with people every week, but at the end of the game you shake hands and the problems stay on the field. That should have happened between him and me. ‘