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Wayne Rooney Has Spoken Of A Terrifying Fight He Had With Roy Keane Over 'The X Factor'

By James Fenton

February 6, 2018 at 9:33am


Here in Ireland, we all know not to cross Roy Keane if he's in bad form. While the former Republic Of Ireland captain appears to have mellowed in recent years, in his younger days his temper could be switched on with the flick of a switch. 

On one such occasion, that switch was former Manchester United team mate Wayne Rooney who shared a story on Sky Sports last night about how the pair almost came to blows when Rooney was just 18-years-old and a fresh face in the Old Trafford dressing room. 

On Rooney's first away trip with the Red Devils after signing in 2004, respected and feared captain Keane was kicking back watching rugby league when he nipped off to get some grub. Young Rooney saw this as an opportunity to grab the remote and change the channel to The X Factor of all things before hiding the remote.

Allow Wayne to take up the story. 

A brave young fella but it seems the act gained Rooney the respect of Keane. Those who have read the Corkman's book The Second Half will already be familiar with Keane's side of the story which contains slightly more profanity than Wayne's version but it's a great yarn nonetheless. 

We're surprised Rooney didn't get a thump. Perhaps Roy is a closet X Factor fan? We guess we'll never know. 

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