Roy Keane "shrank" in the shadows of opponent in 2009 touchline clash

Roy Keane has never been one to shy away from conflict and by looking at his track record over the course of his career, the Irishman appears to fear no one.

The former Manchester United captain came to blows with Patrick Vieira, Sir Alex Ferguson and Peter Schmeichel just to name a few, and has called out many others.

Although slightly more relaxed during his punditry days, Keane still gives off the vibe that you don't want to get on the wrong side of him.

However, despite the ego, Keane did back down from one opponent during his time as Ipswich Town manager.

In October 2009, Ipswich suffered a dramatic defeat away to Barnsley to increase the pressure on Keane in the dugout as his side were rooted to the bottom of the Championship.

Barnsley scored in the 96th minute following a foul on Darren Moore in the build-up, which led to Keane directing a sarcastic comment towards the former Sheffield Wednesday manager, who didn't react well.

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Stephen Foster was playing alongside Moore at the time for Barnsley, and told the Sheffield Star how the events unfolded: "Going into the tunnel, Keane barged in and muttered something under his breath as Mooro was walking past.

"Roy said: 'You go down easy for a big man, don't you?'

"Well, Mooro's face. He didn't say a thing, he just turned around, squared up to him and just stood there, looking down on him.

"Keane just shrank in Mooro's shadow.

"It was the first and only time I'd seen or heard of Roy looking that way, he's obviously a tough bloke. There was a little bit of a scuffle, no real fighting. But Roy certainly regretted muttering those words to Mooro as he walked past."

Keane may be known for his toughness but Moore is about five inches taller than the Irishman, and a much bigger physical unit also, so it's clear to see why the former Ipswich manager didn't fancy it.

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