Manchester United used to practice kicking lumps out of the opposition’s best player
POPE wears funny hat! Katie Price sleeps on back! And now in other news to shock and amaze: Phil Neville says Manchester United players Roy Keane, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes used to kick lumps out of the best players. The actual shocker is that they used to practice ‘Plan B’ by hacking away at Cristiano Ronaldo.
Speaking to ITV reporter Gabriel Clarke as part of an imminent Ronaldo documentary, Neville Bites Yer Legs says:
“[Ronaldo] dived a lot. He tried to buy fouls and he came in for a lot of criticism. The boys [at Man Utd] were hard on him for his diving and it was putting us under pressure. I’d say the first 12 months there was a massive toughening up process. In training at the time you had Keane, Butt, Scholes, and every time he got the ball they kicked him and they kicked him – not just once, they kicked him every day, every week, all season.”
Arsenal fans who witnessed Keane and Co. greeting Jose Antonio Reyes in the 2004 FA Cup Final will recall the finesse of Ferguson’s stella midfield. The rset of us will look for yet more revelations, such as:
Keane was agressive
Scholes was ginger
Phil Neville never once wore an Alice Band