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“I’m going to fucking smash you!” Ian Harte Claims Roy Keane Threatened Him While They Went Drinking

“I’m going to fucking smash you!” Ian Harte admits he ‘sobered up quickly’ on a night out with Roy Keane when his Irish team-mate said their friendship would count for NOTHING when Man United played Leeds a few days later

  • Ian Harte has claimed he drank with Roy Keane while on international duty
  • Former Leeds hero says Man United hero Keane has issued a chilling threat
  • Keane vowed to ‘crush’ him before United take on rivals Leeds, Harte says
  • The infamous midfielder was featured in a number of fiery clashes between the sides











Roy Keane warned Ian Harte he would ‘crush’ him in the run-up to an impending match between Manchester United and Leeds as the pair had drinks as international team-mates, the former Republic of Ireland defender claimed.

The long-serving duo spent nearly a decade side by side for their country until 2005 — and in one of those camps, Harte says he “got sobered up and went to bed” after Keane made a gross threat of violence against him. voiced him.

Recalling an incident he believes took place shortly before a game between United and Leeds in 2001, Harte told FourFourTwo: ‘When we both played for Ireland, we sometimes went out for drinks.

Roy Keane (R) has threatened over Man United-Leeds match, claims Ian Harte (L)

Roy Keane (R) has threatened over Man United-Leeds match, claims Ian Harte (L)

Threatening midfielder who became popular, Roy Keane used to make his presence felt

Threatening midfielder who became popular, Roy Keane used to make his presence felt

“After a night out, we returned to the hotel – Leeds would play against Manchester United on Saturday.

Roy turns and says, ‘Hartey, you’re a great boy. But if we play you on the weekend, I’ll fuck you!’

‘I sobered up right away and went to bed. But I love Roy – I respect him so much.’

Hardman Keane has been the center of several infamous fires between the two clubs, who have often lost little love for each other.

Matches between well-known opponents United and Leeds are known to lead to incidents

Matches between well-known opponents United and Leeds are known to lead to incidents

Perhaps the most infamous of these was in 1997, when Leeds’ Alf-Inge Haaland stood over Keane for berating him, despite the future boss of the Republic of Ireland suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Keane took revenge on Haaland with a horror derby in a Manchester derby two years later – and he was rarely shy about taking center stage during skirmishes against Leeds.

Harte, who also played for Keane when the seven-time Premier League winner was Sunderland manager in the Premier League during the 2007-08 season, said: “I didn’t play much [at the Stadium of Light] but it was one of those things.

“I respected Roy as a player, but as a manager he could have done things differently.”

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