Midweek Sport - - ON THE NOSE - By FRANK McCAULEY

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(be­low ROY KEANE’S in­fa­mous tackle on Alf-Inge Haa­land shocked even har­dened pros – ac­cord­ing to one of the play­ers on the pitch at the time.

Keane has opened scores of old wounds in his new au­to­bi­og­ra­phy The Sec­ond Half.Half

One of those is his clash with Haa­land in the Manch­ester derby of April 2001.

Keane (left) suf­fered knee lig­a­ment dam­age when tack­ling Haa­land – then of Leeds – in a game four years ear­lier.

Manch­ester United cap­tain Keane was ac­cused by Haa­land of fak­ing an in­jury – and Keane didn’t for­get.

So when the two met again at Old Traf­ford, Keane took out the Norway mid­fielder (right) with a knee­high chal­lenge that earned him a red card.

Haa­land barely played again be­fore be­ing forced to hang up his boots.

Haa­land’s City team-mate Steve Howey ad­mit­ted: “We had some bad lads in our dress­ing room and we knew we’d pro­tect our player if nec­es­sary, but when we saw it, even we were shocked.

“The thing is we all

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are an at­tack­ing tre­ble act to be feared

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