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The Haaland family will finally be able to take revenge on Manchester United

On April 21, 2001, during the Manchester derby between United and City, one of the most unpleasant scenes in recent British football took place. Roy Keane, then captain of the red devils, made a ferocious entrance, without the ball and with the studs ahead at knee height, on a rival soccer player. An entry that resulted in the expulsion of the Irish midfielder (three game suspension), and the Norwegian footballer’s knee injury. An injury from which he would never recover. He would retire from football two years later.

“I had waited a long time. I hit him fucking hard. The ball was there, I think. take this you bastard. And do not look at me making fun of false injuries again, “Keane would publish in his autobiography. A confession that would cost him a new sanction, in this case of five games and 200,000 euros.

This story of revenge goes back almost four years. The same two footballers met in a duel between Manchester United and Leeds United. After a foul by Roy Keane he went to the ground writhing in pain. He had torn his cruciate ligament. But for the Norwegian footballer, his rival was just pretending. Something he vehemently reprimanded her for while he was on the ground. An event Keane would never forget. “Fuck him. What goes around comes around. He hit me with a and my attitude is an eye for an eye. He received his just reward.”

That Norwegian footballer from Leeds first and Manchester City later was Alf Inge Haaland. Erling Braut Haaland’s father and adviser.

Now, who is undoubtedly one of the best strikers on the planet, has signed for Manchester City. There will be several reasons that will have led the footballer to choose his new destination, with all the greats of Europe looking forward to your services. The salary, the sports project, the possible best adaptation of him to English football… But surely the figure of his father and his past as citizen must have had something to do with it. and the story of Alfie Haaland with Roy Keane probably too.

Roy Keane continues to maintain, more than 20 years after that chapter, that he does not regret having done it. Of having injured him. To have ended his career. That he deserved it.

In 2003 Haaland, the father, sued Keane for almost 10 million dollars for his injury. He lost his mind, as it could not be shown that his withdrawal was caused by that entrance. “I hadn’t been injured for 8 years, and those were my last 90 minutes. Then I found out I did it on purpose. It was really bad for me, and I think very sad for football“, he would declare.

Now Haaland, the son, will have the opportunity to take revenge in the best possible way: on the lawn and, this time, yes, with a ball in between.

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