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Robert Pires reveals he is to blame for Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira’s row in Arsenal’s defeat to Man Utd

ROBERT PIRES has sensationally revealed that he was the man at fault for Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane's infamous 2005 tunnel scrap at Highbury.

Keane and Vieira had to be separated by referee Graham Poll, with the Manchester United skipper famously saying 'I'll see you on the pitch' to the Frenchman.

It was known that Keane confronted Vieira after the Arsenal man aimed some choice words in the direction of Gary Neville.

But now in a twist to the story Pires has told the Times that he is in fact the man at fault for the row.

He said: "Things started to get heated and I think it was because of me actually.

"Gary Neville arrived and barged into me. I reacted in French because I was annoyed.

"It starts kicking off and at that point, Pat arrives. He said to him, ‘You speak too much, you. Shut up.’

"At that moment, Keane arrives. And he goes, ‘You talk too much as well. I’ll see you on the pitch.’

"It was dicey between the two of them, tense. That for me was one of the best moments."

And it was Keane who had the last laugh that day, as United ran out 4-2 winners at Highbury, largely thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo brace.

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Now Crystal Palace boss Vieira and pundit Keane came to blows multiple times during a fierce rivalry between the pair in the early noughties.

United and Arsenal often went directly head-to-head for trophies, with club captains Vieira and Keane at the centre of the rivalry.

That rivalry is renewed once again this evening, as Manchester United fac Arsenal at Old Trafford.

It will be the last game for Michael Carrick as manager before Ralf Rangnick takes charge for six months as interim boss.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in two games under Carrick, but are languishing 10th in the table ahead of kick off.

Arsenal meanwhile can break into the top four for the first time this season with a win tonight.

The Gunners have lost just once in their last 12 games in all competitions, with confidence starting to build under Mikel Arteta.

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