Roy Keane punched young Man Utd team-mate for ‘taking liberties’ in training

Manchester United legend Roy Keane once punched Chris Eagles in training for “taking liberties”.

The Irishman, who won seven Premier League titles and a treble at Old Trafford, was known for his furious temper and no-nonsense attitude.

It saw him have an infamous tunnel clash with Arsenal hero Patrick Vieira while he launched a vicious tackle of Erling Haaland’s dad, Alf Inge, during his time at Manchester City.

But Rio Ferdinand, who spent four years at United with Keane before the midfielder left for Celtic, detailed how he once turned on a team-mate in fury.

Speaking on his YouTube channel Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE, Keane’s former team-mate said: “I remember when Roy Keane punched up Chris Eagles one time.

“He was only [a] young kid, [taking] liberties. It was good for him, Eagles.”

The Englishman, who graduated from the Carrington academy in 2003, made 17 senior appearances for United over five seasons, having five different loan spells before leaving five years later.

Ferdinand added: “Roy must have been coming back from an injury, or he didn't play, and he was playing with the reserves.

“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.

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  • “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?'.

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

    Keane’s temper has followed him to his Sky Sports punditry career – and it saw the 49-year-old get into a heated argument with Jamie Redknapp on Sunday over Tottenham.

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