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knew it was com­ing. There was talk about it be­fore the game.

“If you look at the very first in­ci­dent when Roy Keane ac­tu­ally hurt his knee I can see why he was an­noyed by the way Alf-Inge Haa­land stood over him.

“He was hold­ing that grudge for a length of time and it was just boil­ing up.

“Every­body knew he was go­ing to do it. It was just a case of when.”

Keane was banned for five games and fined £150,000 by the FA for bring­ing the game into dis­re­pute for a claim in his first book that he de­lib­er­ately set out to hurt Haa­land.

And while the Ir­ish­man, 43, now in­sists he didn’t mean to in­jure Haa­land, he is not too re­morse­ful.

“There are things I re­gret in my life and he (Haa­land) is not one of them,” Keane said in his book.

Plenty of juicy tales have al­ready been re­vealed after the tome was mis­tak­enly put on sale early in some branches of Tesco.

They in­clude sto­ries of a fight with for­mer United goal­keeper Peter Sch­me­ichel, a pop at United’s leg­endary Class of 92, his feud with Arse­nal’s Pa­trick Vieira, bust-ups with for­mer team-mates and his bit­ter fall-out with boss Sir Alex Fer­gu­son which trig­gered his de­par­ture from Old Traf­ford and switch to Celtic in 2005.

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