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Football: RED MIST; Keane clashes with striker van Nistelrooy over Euro set-back.

ROY KEANE and Ruud van Nistelrooy traded insults and had to be split up by team-mates in an amazing Manchester United dressing room row.

Skipper Keane and new signing van Nistelrooy clashed at the end of the 2-1 defeat by Deportivo La Coruna in Spain on Tuesday night.

Fiery Keane, who has admitted he struggles to cope with losing, took the setback badly and laid into Dutchman van Nistelrooy with a verbal tirade about his lack of first touch.

The Republic of Ireland star launched a similar scathing public attack on his colleagues after the Bayern Munich beating last season.

But this time Keane went in so strongly that van Nistelrooye reacted by standing up and going towards him.

As the pair went eyeball-to-eyeball and threatened to take matters further, several stunned United stars jumped in to pull them apart.

"It was all going off,'' said an insider.

"It became very heated. Typical Keano - he so hates to lose, but he went a bit too far with Ruud.''

Dressing-room rows are nothing new, but in Keane's case it is becoming a regular occurrence for him to blow his top and lash out at team-mates, particularly when things go against him.

When Keane lost his rag with Alan Shearer and was sent off a fortnight ago, he admitted how much losing hurts him and that he can over-react.

Keane admits his temper can get out of control and his overall frustration at United's failure to live up to expectations in Europe is gnawing away at him.

He rocked Old Trafford with his outspoken comments last season, after United's quarter-final exit.

The influential powerhouse seemed to have struck a chord with many at United, as they swooped in the summer to land goalscoring star van Nistelrooy and Juan Veron to play as Keane's sidekick.

Boss Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Keane over his previous outbursts. However, if he starts making enemies within the United camp, it will increase speculation that the Irish legend could leave - with Celtic waiting in the wings.

Keane missed through suspension yesterday's incredible game at White Hart Lane, as van Nistelrooy scored the equalising goal in United's astonishing comeback.

David Beckham took the captain's armband for the first time - and scord the fifth.

Keane will be available for Champions League action, and that's when all eyes will be on how the United firebrand and van Nistelrooy get on when they next take the field together.


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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Sep 30, 2001
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