Gerard Pique has recalled a hilarious anecdote about a run-in with Roy Keane when he was a 17-year-old at Manchester United.
Now 35, the Barcelona icon spent four years at Old Trafford when he was a youngster, when infamously intimidating Keane was Red Devils captain.
Speaking on Gary Neville’s The Overlap YouTube channel, Pique told the United legend the Irishman once exploded at him because his phone went off in the dressing room – so angrily he was a little scared when meeting Keane seven years later.
Gerard Pique (left) told Gary Neville (right) a funny anecdote about his run-in with Roy Keane
Now 35, the Barcelona icon spent four years at Old Trafford when he was a youngster (above)
He said: ‘We all know Roy, but when you’re 17 you look at Roy differently. I had just arrived, I didn’t know him. It was kind of scary at some points. It was so scary, a few years later we went with Barcelona to play Celtic and he was doing some kind of TV programme.
‘I was walking after the game and he came over to me to talk, and part of me was like that little kid that arrived in Manchester when I was 17 and thought ‘oh f***, Roy Keane is here!’ I was like ‘come on Gerard, you’re already 24 or 25, come on man’.
And Pique revealed then-United captain Keane (above) once exploded at him because his phone went off in the dressing room
‘I just remember at that time when I was 17 with Roy, he was the captain and he was strong always with a tough message. I think he was a great captain, but he was tough sometimes.’
When quizzed by Neville about a specific incident with his phone, the 35-year-old laughed before recounting the story.
He added: ‘That was Roy Keane. Now sometimes I see me and my teammates on a phone after a game, now things have changed a lot. That time, it was vibrating in and the guy could feel it in my head because it was in my pants (hanging down) in the dressing room. He stood up and said “who the f*** owns this phone?!”
‘I was like “OK, it’s me”. He just snapped at me. Now it’s very different with the veterans and the young players. At that time there was more respect, but the old ones wanted that distance. Now, the young ones arrive and after six months they are like best teammates. It’s a different mentality. It’s not better, it’s just a different time.’
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