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Patrick Vieira: 'I'd be able to take Roy Keane in a fight'

Patrick Vieira believes that he would hold his own against Roy Keane in a fight following the ex-Manchester United star's autobiography claims.

Former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira believes that he would more than hold his own in a fight with ex-Manchester United captain Roy Keane.

The Irishman, who works as Paul Lambert's assistant manager at Aston Villa, suggested in his new autobiography The Second Half that Vieira would have beaten him in a punch-up.

"I haven't read it, but I have heard a lot about it," ESPN quotes Vieira as saying. "If there was a fight, it would take a long time to beat him and I would end up with a few cuts. I don't think he would give up easily!

"I'm not surprised at all about how honest he has been in the book. That's because the way he wrote the book is the way he was as a player. He's not the kind of person to go halfway. He's either everything or nothing. I think the book is him."

Keane, who highly criticised former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in his book, released the autobiography last week.

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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert and assistant Roy Keane look on during the pre-season friendly match between Mansfield and Aston Villa at the One Call Stadium on July 17, 2014
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