'I don't want to be too harsh' – Roy Keane shows softer side to Gunners as he names favourite Man Utd game against them | The Sun
ROY KEANE has revealed Manchester United's 6-1 drubbing of Arsenal was his favourite game he played against the Gunners.
The Red Devils ran riot against the north Londoners 21 years ago at Old Trafford and went into half-time leading 5-1.
A hat-trick from Dwight Yorke and goals from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham helped United romp to victory over their title rivals.
Keane also got on the scoresheet that afternoon, which ranks highly in his memories of the once iconic fixture.
He said: "Obviously we hammered them 6-1 (Feb 2001), Arsenal made changes, new players at the club who hadn’t settled and we took full advantage.
"Yorkey was in his prime there, brilliant player."
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Keane, however, admits United were aided by Arsene Wenger's team – which won the double the following season – being a work in progress.
He continued: "The 6-1 was pretty good but to be fair to Arsenal, they weren’t at their strongest so I don’t want to be too harsh on them."
Keane has fond memories of the fixture, which was once pivotal to the destiny of the Premier League trophy, so much so he'd come out of retirement to play the Gunners one last time.
He said: "Obviously when I was playing, Arsenal were a very good team, big personalities, a lot of players that were probably disliked, I was against Patrick [Vieira] in midfield.
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"The two teams were pretty close it was brilliant, if I could come out of retirement for one game it would be that one, Arsenal.
"Brilliant, pace of the games, physical, top quality players on both teams, good memories with Arsenal."
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