'This story changes every year': Gary Neville is left bemused by Wayne Rooney's recollection of Man United and Arsenal's infamous 2005 Highbury tunnel spat after he said the defender had 'ran into our dressing room' to evade Patrick Vieira

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'This story changes every year': Gary Neville is left bemused by Wayne Rooney's recollection of Man United and Arsenal's infamous 2005 Highbury tunnel spat after he said the defender had 'ran into our dressing room' to evade Patrick Vieira

  • Wayne Rooney outlined the famous bust-up between United and Arsenal in 2005
  • Gary Neville joked 'the story changes every year' after listening to Rooney's take
  • The two Premier League giants were involved in a heated exchange 17 years ago
  • Roy Keane was heard telling Patrick Vieira to 'shut' his 'mouth' while in the tunnel

Gary Neville was left baffled by Wayne Rooney's take on the famous bust-up between Arsenal and Manchester United in February 2005.

The two Premier League sides were involved in a heated exchange ahead of United's 4-2 win at Highbury 17 years ago. 

The incident - which took place in the tunnel and involved Roy Keane telling Patrick Vieira to 'shut' his 'mouth' - has become one of the most highly-publicised bust-ups of all time. 

Gary Neville (above) made a joke about Wayne Rooney's take on the famous bust-up between Arsenal and Manchester United in February 2005

Gary Neville (above) made a joke about Wayne Rooney's take on the famous bust-up between Arsenal and Manchester United in February 2005

Gary Neville (above) made a joke about Wayne Rooney's take on the famous bust-up between Arsenal and Manchester United in February 2005

The incident - which took place in the tunnel and involved Roy Keane (R) telling Patrick Vieira (L) to 'shut' his 'mouth' - has become one of the most highly-publicised bust-ups

The incident - which took place in the tunnel and involved Roy Keane (R) telling Patrick Vieira (L) to 'shut' his 'mouth' - has become one of the most highly-publicised bust-ups

Neville has joked that the story 'changes every year' after hearing Rooney's latest version of events.  

Rooney recalled the incident while writing for The Times. He said: 'Arsenal had targeted Gary Neville for whatever reason and it started in the warm-up.

'Vieira and someone else chased him in the tunnel. He's not a fighter, Gary, not off the pitch, and he ran into our dressing room.'

Neville took to Twitter to question Rooney's take on the incident. He wrote: 'This story changes every year' - accompanied by a laughing face emoji. 

The DC United head coach (middle) recalled the bust-up while writing for The Times Sport

The DC United head coach (middle) recalled the bust-up while writing for The Times Sport 

Neville took to Twitter to question Rooney's take on the incident by saying the 'story changes'

Neville took to Twitter to question Rooney's take on the incident by saying the 'story changes'

Neville previously disclosed what took place in the tunnel on that iconic night. He said: 'I just remember in these footsteps behind me.

'Vieira was shouting 'Neville, Neville, you're not going to kick our players out on the pitch'. Roy turned back and heard him and started having a go at him.

'Vieira then squirted his water bottle at him and all hell broke loose. Everyone got pulled back and it was a bit of nothing really but I've never seen Arsenal like that. People say you win the game in the tunnel. Well, I'm not sure that was far wrong.'

Tensions were high heading into the 2005 fixture. At the time, Arsenal and Manchester United were regarded as the best two teams in the English top-flight.

Things got heated in the tunnel before the game. Keane and Vieira exchanged a war of words and Gunners defender Pascal Cygan was forced to separate the pair. 

Referee Graham Poll also stepped in and confronted the two players in the tunnel

Referee Graham Poll also stepped in and confronted the two players in the tunnel

Manchester United went on to win the game 4-2 after a fiercely contested match

Manchester United went on to win the game 4-2 after a fiercely contested match 

Dennis Bergkamp also helped defuse the situation between Keane and Vieira - preventing the two Premier League stars from clashing further. 

Despite the best efforts, Keane continued to erupt in the tunnel. The Irishman was heard saying he'll 'see him [Vieira] out there' , before adding: 'Shut your mouth, you. Every week, you.' 

Referee Graham Poll was forced to step in and confront the two players by saying: 'Nothing more in here [the tunnel].' 

United went on to win the game 4-2. However, the fixture at Highbury marked the end of Arsenal and United's dominance in the Premier League.  

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea managed to win the Premier League - ending a nine-year spell that saw the silverware end up at either Arsenal or United. 

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