Rio Ferdinand recalls moment Roy Keane punched Man Utd teammate in training

Rio Ferdinand has recalled how Roy Keane was once so wound up in training that he punched a Manchester United teammate.

The former United captain was known to have a short fuse when it came to his temper and would regularly berate others in the dressing room or on the pitch.

But it seems his mission to impress high standards on the rest of his United colleagues even boiled over in training for the reserves, with poor Chris Eagles on the receiving end.

"I remember when Roy Keane punched up Chris Eagles one time," Ferdinand told the VIBE with FIVE podcast. "He [Eagles] was only [a] young kid, [taking] liberties. It was good for him Eagles."

"Roy must have been coming back from an injury, or he didn't play, and he was playing with the reserves and the youngsters that were in there like Eagles and Lee Martin were like rats, getting in close and trying to tackle.

"He went in late on Roy once or twice and Roy said to him, 'Listen, slow down'. The ball comes in again, Eagles was trying to impress, trying to leave him mark and left a little bit on Roy again and pulled his jersey.

"Roy just turned round and went bang in the jaw. A quick short jab and I just stood there and went, 'Roy, what's wrong with you?'.

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"And I went inside and said, 'Roy, why are you doing that for? He's a young kid man'. And I warned him."

Eagles only managed to make 17 appearances over five years at Old Trafford, during which time he embarked on four loan spells, before permanent stints at nine other clubs after his departure in 2008.

Naturally Keane was just as fiery with the opposition, as fresh details of his tangle with ex-Newcastle captain Alan Shearer in 2001 revealed.

What is your favourite Roy Keane moment? Have your say below.

After a row on the pitch, where Keane was sent off for a push on Shearer, which looked more like a wild swing, he then waited in the tunnel for his rival after the game.

"I lost my temper, we were losing 4-3, I think, in the last minute," Keane said previously.

"If you're going to get sent off, the worst thing is, I pushed him. If you're going to get sent off you might as well punch him properly because you're going to get the same punishment."

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