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Keane in attack on Veron over match error.

CRAZY Roy Keane blew his top in an incredible bust-up with a team mate which has rocked Manchester United.

The bad-tempered Irish captain grabbed Argentine superstar Juan Veron by the throat in a throttling incident which left other millionaire soccer stars stunned.

The row may have led to Veron being dropped in United's clash with Leeds United at Elland Road yesterday as manager Alex Ferguson played Keane after the incredible attack.

The incident took place last Monday in the club's training ground canteen at Carrington.

Forty-eight hours earlier Veron had been caught dreaming on the ball in a mistake that allowed Middlesbrough to win 1-0 at Old Trafford.

Shocked team-mates looked on as Keane grabbed Veron by the throat and shouted: "You've cost us the ****ing title."

One source tells People Sport today that Veron earned respect from Keane and others by standing and taking the rap. He did not shy away from Keane's tirade.

United's millionaire stars held their breath as Keane - dubbed psycho by Irish fans - blamed the record buy Argentinian for slipping up in the title race.

One top United source said: "Keano goes into one now and again and Veron caught the latest blast. But to be fair to him he took it on the chin."Veron knew he had been to blame, but he had never heard the skipper turn on him before. It's just the way he is and Veron took the criticism because he respects him."

Yesterday Veron spoke up for the passion he feels for United. "It is an honour for me to play for United," he said.

"They are the greatest club in the world - they are my team and I will defend them and fight for them with all my heart."

Boss Sir Alex Ferguson is happy to let Keane dish out such dressing room verbal attacks as it keeps some of his stars in check.

Fergie has stood by Veron during a faltering first season in the Premiership.

And while Keane's astonishing attack may have been of his own initiative boss Fergie may be secretly nodding in agreement.

Veron - constantly linked with a return to Lazio - has told pals he holds no grudges about the flare-up and feels it shows why United are different from other clubs he has been with.
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Mar 31, 2002
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