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Rio Ferdinand & Martin Keown talking about THAT fight in 2003 is as tense as expected

Rio Ferdinand and Martin Keown reminisced about the infamous fight back in September 2003

You know a game was tasty when it has its own Wikipedia page despite being a goalless draw.

The ‘Battle of Old Trafford’ between Man United and Arsenal may as well have been a boxing match.

There were eight yellow cards handed out, two of which went to Patrick Vieira who was sent off.


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Having a slight disagreement

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Having a slight disagreement

But the real taking point came in the final minutes of the game.

United, who were looking to end Arsenal’s unbeaten streak that would go on to become the ‘Invincible’ season, were awarded a penalty in the last minute.

Ruud van Nistelrooy stepped up and smashed his effort off the crossbar.

When you realise you left the iron on at home

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When you realise you left the iron on at home

Martin Keown, who had given away the penalty, wasted little time in letting Van Nistelrooy know exactly what he thought about him, which is putting it politely.

The brawl that followed saw five Arsenal players and two United players fined by the FA and ensured the rivalry between the two clubs remained as passionate as ever.

Before their most recent encounter Keown and Rio Ferdinand, who was also playing in that game, had a chance to discuss the events of 2003.

It’s fair to say it’s still a pretty tense subject.