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Rio Ferdinand Recalls Moment When Roy Keane Punched Manchester United Team-mate In Training

By Amreen
Rio Ferdinand revealed Roy Keane punched a Manchester United teammate during a training session
Rio Ferdinand revealed Roy Keane punched a Manchester United teammate during a training session / David Ramos/Getty Images
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Rio Ferdinand has revealed that Roy Keane once punched Manchester United teammate Chris Eagles square in the face during a training session. Keane was known to be a hot-headed figure in the United squad and Ferdinand said that even the Irishman's own teamm-ates were not spared of his anger.

Ferdinand recalled the time Eagles, who played just 17 games for the Red Devils over five seasons, provoked Keane during a reserve training session, causing the United legend to lose his cool with the youngster.

Ferdinand told the VIBE with FIVE podcast: "I remember when Roy Keane punched up Chris Eagles one time. 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?". And I went inside and said, "Roy, why are you doing that for? He's a young kid man. And I warned him."

Eagles came through the United academy in 2003, but failed to knock down a spot in Sir Alex Ferguson's XI. He embarked on four loan spells, before permanent stints at nine other clubs after his departure in 2008.

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