While Real Madrid does not stop dreaming of reuniting Kylian Mbappé and Erling Braut Haaland in a luxury forward, the Manchester United has intensified in recent days his interest in the Borussia Dortmund forward. At the English club, as confirmed by one of its legendary players, Paul Scholes, they are convinced that the Spanish club will not be able to tie the two players this summer and want the Norwegian international to be the star of their project for the coming years.
Recently, Another ‘Red Devils’ myth, Irishman Roy Keane, joined this avowed interest in Haaland. The once one of the toughest midfielders in the Premier League is now a television commentator and did not hesitate to admit that the Manchester team you should focus your efforts on hiring the young attacker ahead of another great player like English Harry Kane. Some striking words considering that they came from the lips of who ended the professional career of the coveted soccer player’s father.
🗣 “Haaland because of his age, I wouldn’t say no to Kane either if he was the second option.”
Roy Keane says Manchester United need to be in the market for another striker this summer pic.twitter.com/TkWspo3qVL
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 11, 2021
Alf-Inge Haaland, now Erling’s father and adviser, developed a good part of his career in professional football in England, between 1993 and 2003, after standing out at Bryne FK in his country. Norwegian He was part of the defenses of Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Manchester City. And during his stay on the islands he forged a deep enmity with Keane.
The animosity between them began in 1997, with Haaland’s father defending the Leeds jersey. In a game on Elland Road their paths crossed in an ugly play. Keane ran for a long ball into the opponent’s area but Alf-Inge got in his way. The United, trickster, kicked the defender with such bad luck that he ended up injured himself. Angry by what he considered a great pool, the Norwegian berated him vehemently while the Irishman wriggled on the grass. He didn’t know it was rightfully sore, having torn the ligaments in his knee after driving the cleats into the ground trying to hit him.
That scream accusing him of pretending remained engraved on the head of the ‘red devil’, who since then had fierce duels with the Norwegian and who he ended up taking revenge four years later. In 2001, with Manchester United already champions and City, for which Alf-Inge Haaland now played, fighting to avoid relegation, Keane took the long-awaited revenge.
In the final stretch of the game, a divided ball crossed the paths of both players again. The Norwegian came first, and the Irishman, in a completely premeditated way, he gave him a brutal blow to the knee that sent him up in the air. The action cost him a direct red card, harsh criticism in the press and a penalty of 5,000 pounds and up to eight games. Initially the suspension was three games, but when he confirmed that the entry had been on purpose, it was extended by five more.
The worst stopped in that ugly action that shocked England and Europe was Haaland Sr., then 28 years old. After all, Keane already had a long history of fights and expulsions in the English league and that was one more episode. But the hard entry would end up costing the Norwegian his career. He played a few more games after that day but at the end of the season he had to undergo surgery. Up to four times, which prevented him from playing a full game in the elite again until his retirement, two years later and with only 30 years.
No sign of regret
For those episodes it is so curious that today Roy Keane asks his former team to sign his son, Erling Braut Haaland, because he never showed regret for having truncated the career of the Norwegian’s father. In fact, in his biography he boasts of what he did in that Manchester derby: ‘I had waited a long time, long enough. I hit him fucking hard. The ball was there, I think: ‘Take this, you bastard. And don’t ever look at me again making fun of false injuries. ‘
Even in the locker room afterwards, I had no regrets. My attitude was, ‘fuck him’. What goes around comes around. He hit me one and my attitude is tit for tat. He received his just reward, ‘wrote the Irishman.