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

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

Fabregas has even revealed that he later found that the Manchester United hero was so enraged by a particular tackle that he wanted to ‘crush’ him in revenge. The incident took place in the final of United’s FA Cup defeat to Arsenal in 2005, in which Fabregas and Keane, alongside Paul Scholes, faced each other in the midfield of their respective teams.

Despite being just 18 at the time and going up against one of the best midfielders in Premier League history, Fabregas showed no fear when he barged into Keane with a crushing tackle – in complete disregard for the Irishman’s ruthless reputation.

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Unsurprisingly, Keane wasn’t very happy with the tackle and soon began to retaliate. Fabregas has revealed that his compatriot and ex-Barcelona team-mate Gerard Pique, who played for United at the time, later told him that Keane had promised to give him a receipt.

“I dealt with Roy Keane very hard and I felt really good about it because he always made it difficult for me,” said Fabregas. The times† “A few years later, Gerard told me that at halftime Keane said, ‘That Spanish friend of yours, I’ll beat him up, he killed me.'”

Remarkably, Fabregas managed to escape unscathed and play the entire 120 minutes, as the final remained goalless and was won by the Gunners on penalties. It would be the only trophy the playmaker would win during his time in North London.

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