Roy Keane’s Reaction To United And Liverpool Players ‘Hugging And Kissing’ In Tunnel

Manchester United's Andreas Pereira in action with Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum.

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Manchester United and Liverpool’s much-anticipated clash ended in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, a real tactical treat for neutral viewers.

Marcus Rashford scored for the home side in the first-half, putting them in a much safer position than many expected of them. However, United failed to safeguard their position in the second-half, when substitute Adam Lallana netted a brilliant goal to equalize.

Even though the Old Trafford outfit caused their Merseyside rivals to drop a point for the first time this season, there are still many who feel they could have taken away all three points.

An incident prior to kick-off certainly didn’t go down well with one former player.


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Roy Keane wasn’t impressed with the actions of players from both sides while in the tunnel awaiting kick-off.

Brazilians Andreas Periera, Fred, and Roberto Firmino were seen hugging prior to the game, which was addressed by Keane with strong words, stating: “You’re going to war. Hugging, kissing – don’t even look at them. The game hasn’t changed that much, the players have changed, the players have changed. You’re going to war and you’re hugging each other. Chat to them after the game – or maybe not even chat to them.”

It appears that Keane is certainly nostalgic of the good old days when the two rivals were out for blood and these encounters carried more punch to them.

Even though the gap in points between the two great English teams was immense in the build-up to the fixture, the nature of their play didn’t indicate that.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men put up a spirited show and tactically throttled the efforts of the Merseyside club and it was only due to Jurgen Klopp’s stubborn insistence that the European champions were able to power through an equalizer.

Would a more electric affair have ensured had the players been more antagonistic towards each other?