Revealed: Roy Keane exchanged blows with Peter Schmeichel severally the season Man United won the treble

Revealed: Roy Keane exchanged blows with Peter Schmeichel severally the season Man United won the treble

Mark Kinyanjui 13:15 - 12.05.2024

Both Keane and Schmeichel fought more than once the season they ended up winning the treble in 1999.

Roy Keane and Manchester United team-mate Peter Schmeichel fought it out not once, but twice the season they won that historic treble in the 1998/1999 season.

 Keane and  Schmeichel were not only key figures in the Red Devils' historic treble-winning season of 1998/1999 but also central to some of the team's most turbulent moments.

 Despite their shared success on the pitch, their relationship was marked by clashes and confrontations, both on and off the field.

Keane and Schmeichel, known for their outspoken nature, played alongside each other for five seasons under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson. 

During this period, United secured four Premier League titles, the Champions League, and three FA Cups, establishing themselves as one of the dominant forces in English football.

However, their partnership was not without its challenges. One particularly contentious moment occurred during the 1998/1999 season when both United and Schmeichel were enduring a spell of poor form.

 Schmeichel's announcement of his retirement at the end of the season added further pressure to an already tense situation.

The Danish goalkeeper's struggles came to a head during a Premier League game against Sheffield Wednesday in November 1998.

 A series of errors, including a calamitous own goal and a questionable attempt at a goal kick, drew criticism from teammates, including Keane, who berated Schmeichel on the pitch.

Their altercation was not an isolated incident. The duo had previously engaged in a violent confrontation during a pre-season tour to Hong Kong, resulting in Schmeichel sustaining a black eye. 

The tension between them spilled over into the dressing room following Schmeichel's errors against Wednesday, with Ferguson forced to intervene to restore order.

Dwight Yorke, a former teammate, vividly recalled the chaotic scene in the dressing room, describing it as "absolutely nuts" on the new Amazon Prime’s new ‘99’ documentary chronicling United's Treble-winning season.

He recounted the heated exchanges between players and the frantic efforts to calm tensions amidst the turmoil.

“Afterwards it was chaotic, Roy Keane was having a go at Pete [on the pitch]. Proper fighting going on in the dressing room. The gaffer (Ferguson) was trying to get involved and it was all going off in there.

Despite the team's struggles during this period, United ultimately rallied and went on an unbeaten run, clinching the Premier League title by a single point and securing victories in both the FA Cup and the Champions League. 

Schmeichel played a crucial role throughout the season, contributing to the team's success on multiple fronts.

However, Schmeichel remained steadfast in his decision to leave United at the end of the season, opting to join Sporting CP in Portugal before finishing his career in England with spells at Aston Villa and Manchester City.