Manchester United and Arsenal locked horns 12 years in the past, simply months after Sir Alex Ferguson’s crew had ended the Gunners’ 49-game unbeaten run.
But, whilst a Cristiano Ronaldo brace stole the display, it was once the pre-match antics that went directly to dominate the headlines.
A riled Roy Keane clashed with Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira, calling him out after the Frenchman had in the past squared as much as Neville.
And Neville has published that it was once Vieira’s choice to accost him earlier than the sport that kicked off all of the shenanigans.
“I just remember these footsteps behind me Vieira shouting ‘Neville, Neville, you’re not going to kick our players out on the pitch’,” he stated.
“Roy became again and heard him and started having a move at him. Vieira then squirted his water bottle at him and all hell broke unfastened.
“Everyone were given pulled again and it was once a little bit of not anything in point of fact however I’ve by no means observed Arsenal like that.
“People say you win the sport within the tunnel. Well, I’m now not certain that was once a ways fallacious.
“We went out at the pitch figuring out we had been the easier crew, figuring out that we had been bodily difficult and wouldn’t get roughed about.”
The pictures displays Neville and Vieira exchanging a chilly handshake at the pitch earlier than kick-off.
“The handshake was a bit more prolonged but what I was saying is ‘you can shout all you like but there’s football to be played and I’m not going to be introduced with what you’re saying’.”
The recreation itself was once now not brief on drama.
Vieira opened the scoring early on, with Ryan Giggs then restoring parity.
Dennis Bergkamp bagged Arsenal’s 2d earlier than Ronaldo netted two times, with a shocking John O’Shea chip securing the issues for United overdue on.