"I nearly shit myself" – Gerard Pique reveals terrifying run-in with Roy Keane at Manchester United
"He went nuts."
Gerard Pique has revealed that he incurred that wrath of Roy Keane at Manchester United when his mobile phone rang before a match.
Pique joined United as a youngster from Barcelona and was given a terrifying introduction to how things worked inside the Old Trafford dressing room when his phone began to ring.
Keane, who infamously berated a reporter for not turning his phone off during a press conference while he was the manager of Ipswich, did not care much for Pique's nerves when he heard the phone vibrating.
"One of my very first matches at Old Trafford, we were in the dressing room getting ready, and I was nervous as hell," he told The Players' Tribune.
"Imagine it - I'm 18 years old, and I'm sitting in that little dressing room putting on my socks next to Ruud van Nistelrooy, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand. I wanted to be invisible. I was thinking, 'Just do your job and go unnoticed'.
"So we're sitting there waiting for the gaffer (Alex Ferguson) to come in and speak to us, and I'm literally sitting right next to Roy Keane. The dressing room is so small that our legs are almost touching. There's no space at all.
"It's dead quiet. All of a sudden, you could hear this little vibration. Very soft. Roy is looking around the room.
"I realise it's me. It's my cell phone. I left it on vibrate, and it's in the pocket of my pants, stuffed in the clothes bag that's hanging right behind Roy's head.
"Roy can't find where the noise is coming from. Now he's looking around the room like a maniac.
"His eyes are darting everywhere, and he's trying to figure it out. You know the famous scene with Jack Nicholson in The Shining, when he bursts through the door? That's what he looked like.
"He screams out to everybody, 'Whose phone is that?!'. Silence. He asks again. Silence. He asks a third time. 'Whose. Bloody. F*****g. Phone. Is. That?!
"Finally, I spoke up, like a little boy. Very softly, I said, 'I'm so sorry. It's mine.' Roy lost his mind! He went nuts in front of everybody! It was incredible. I almost shit myself. But it was a good lesson.
"Now, in 2018, everything is different. All these kids are on their iPhones before the matches. But back then, in 2006? It was a different world. You didn't do that. Especially not at United. Not in Roy's dressing room. It was one of a thousand mistakes that I made when I was at United."