Manchester United legend Roy Keane threatened to ‘crush’ Cesc Fabregas after ‘hard’ tackle

It wasn’t often during his playing career that Roy Keane was outplayed in a midfield battle and he certainly didn’t like it when a young Cesc Fabregas attacked him.

In fact, Fabregas has revealed that he later discovered that the Manchester United hero was so furious about a particular tackle that he wanted to ‘crush’ him in revenge. The incident occurred in United’s FA Cup Final defeat to Arsenal in 2005, in which Fabregas and Keane, along with Paul Scholes, clashed in midfield for their respective teams.

Despite being just 18 at the time and facing one of the greatest midfielders in Premier League history, Fabregas showed no fear as he rammed Keane with a hard-hitting tackle, disregarding the Irishman’s ferocious reputation.

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Keane, unsurprisingly, was not very pleased with the entrance and soon began plotting his revenge. Fabregas has revealed that fellow Catalan and former Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique, who was playing for United at the time, later told him that Keane promised to give him a receipt.

“I tackled Roy Keane really hard and it felt really good because he was always giving me a hard time,” Fabregas said. The times. “A few years later, Gerard told me that at half time Keane said: ‘that Spanish friend of yours, I’m going to crush him, he killed me'”.

Surprisingly, Fabregas managed to remain unscathed and play the full 120 minutes, as the final remained goalless and the Gunners won on penalties. It would be the only trophy the attacking midfielder would win during his time in North London.

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