Gabriel Heinze has admitted that he "doesn't remember what happened next" after he told Manchester United team-mate Roy Keane to "f*** off" following a defeat.
The former Argentina defender played for the Red Devils between 2004 and 2007, making a total of 83 appearances and 36 alongside iconic midfielder Keane.
Heinze joined the club from PSG back in 2004 and would go on to win the Premier League with the club in 2007, but not before he had the chance to play alongside who he describes as one of their greatest ever captains.
The 43-year-old, who retired after spells with Real Madrid, Marseille and Roma, opened up about his altercation with the Irishman in 2017 – and detailed how their relationship was salvaged.
Heinze told ESPN Argentina's Pura Quimica in 2017: “We lost a game and I went in the dressing room first and Roy Keane was second. I liked to go first after the game.
"I didn’t want to speak to anyone as we lost. I didn’t understand English, just the bad words. I heard my name and 'f*** off' by Roy Keane, the best player.
“I knew that was bad so I stood up to him, this idol of Manchester, this great guy who everyone loved, and replied: ‘f*** off, you.' I don’t remember what happened next."
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Despite only remembering the start of the incident, Heinze felt ready to apologise after receiving a phone call from legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson the next day.
He added: "Ferguson called me up and told me that he knew what had happened. I asked him if I needed to apologise… I mean he was the biggest idol of Manchester United's history.
"He said, 'no, Roy was like that.' But he told me not to worry because Roy had already forgotten about that episode. We went to training and I was very scared.
"I remember we both went for a ball and I was ready for anything but as the action happened Roy told me, 'what happens on the pitch stays on the pitch and what happens in the changing room ends there.'"
With Keane happy to put the incident behind them in order to focus on getting their season back on track, Heinze was delighted that they went on to have a good relationship off the pitch.
He said: "I've had an excellent relationship with him since that episode.
"He is an extraordinary man. He was one of the best captains the club ever had."
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