Roy Keane hasn’t forgiven Christian Eriksen for a hat-trick he scored against Ireland, even though the Dane is now a Manchester United star.
Eriksen, who moved to United on a free transfer from Brentford this summer, put in one of his best performances so far for his new club, helping secure a 3-1 win over Arsenal.
The 30-year-old had a hand in all three goals with Antony scoring on his debut which was followed by a Marcus Rashford brace, and Eriksen was later named Sky’s Man of the Match by Gary Neville.
You’d expect club legend Keane to be delighted with such a star showing, but he still couldn’t resist a jokey dig at one of the men attempting to replace him in midfield.
Eriksen joined the Sky Sports team after the victory and after some questions from the likes of Gary Neville and Paul Merson, it was Keane’s turn.
“I have no questions to ask you because I’m still upset over Dublin when you scored,” he joked. “I’m still upset with you.
“I thought so,” Eriksen replied. “Good night out as well Dublin.”
“Yeah I bet you did!” Keane laughed.
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Keane’s light hearted comment was a reference to a 2018 World Cup qualifier in November 2017 in which Eriksen dumped Ireland out of the tournament in phenomenal circumstances.
The former Tottenham midfielder was in sublime form as he smashed in a trio of clinical finishes to help win the match 5-1 after a 0-0 first leg.
The joke clearly went down well, with Keane probably more in admiration for Eriksen than anything after a stunning display when the two collided in the Irish capital.
Among the broken hearts in Dublin was that of Keane, who was assistant manager to Martin O’Neill at the time and sat on the bench to watch the Eriksen masterclass.
It was certainly a tough night for Keane in one of the biggest games of his career in the dugout, needing a win to help his country qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 16 years.
But he will have undoubtedly been delighted to see Eriksen now putting in similar displays for his United side, securing a midfield that has long struggled since his retirement.
It was United’s fourth league win on the bounce and are now fifth in the table.
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