OK…I have to get in on this.
Whatever your views of the man, many of them are Media Inspired Myths. I wonder how many of the people who agree with the notion that Keane is a “nasty piece of work” have actually met the man, this myth is perpetuated my a mainly Anti-Manchester United Media, he is their captain, and is outspoken on many issues.
This latest episode regarding the challenge on Haaland was dealt with at the time. Keane received a four game ban (the usual for the type of offence is a three game ban). This incident happened 18 months ago, and has more of a history to it than simply a rash challenge.
What Keane did was wrong, but no worse than numerous tackles made in spite in the Premiership, I’ve seen examples by Owen ,Gerrard, Vieira, Wise, Savage, Batty, Ruddock, Ian Wright and Le Saux that I can remember, as well as the time Alan Shearer kicked Lennon in the head (for which he received no punishment at all).
Now, Haaland played four days later for Norway in an international match, and showed no signs of injury.
The History to the challenge in question goes back to Haaland’s days with Leeds United, in particular a game against Manchester United during which Haaland kicked and fouled Keane to the point of distraction, Keane had had enough, and in a bid to exact revenge during the game, tried to tackle Haaland, and got his studs caught in the turf and destroyed his knee. While keane was lying in pain Haaland stood over him with a teammate and jeered him for “faking” injury.
Later, Haaland posed for photographs in front of some graffiti which made fun of Munich’58.
Johnny B Goode Quote"…is that Keane has openly admitted it and Haaland has been seriously injured because of it…"
Haaland has not started a game since this tackle by Keane, however, his injury is to the other knee, not the one that Keane lunged at. His current injury HAS NOTHING TO DO with Keane’s challenge. Its his left knee that caused him to miss so long. Keane hit his right knee. It has been said that it might have been the force of the tackle that injured his left knee. However, if you look at the incident, his left knee was already tightly strapped and bandaged. Haaland openly admitted that the incident had nothing to do with the injury to his left knee, which was operated on only days before the match.
Haaland has simply jumped on an Anti-Keane Media Bandwagon, in a bid to revive his career, and if anyone is a “nasty piece of work” it is Haaland
It was obvious to anyone there that day that Keane had no intention of getting the ball, now he’s admitted to it, the Anti Manchester United press jump on a new bandwagon to get him punished once again for it.