Manchester United hero Roy Keane had an awkward exchange with former Manchester City defender Micah Richards during Sky Sports’ coverage of the Manchester derby on Sunday.
The panelists were discussing 18-year-old Chelsea starlet Charlie Gilmour, who orchestrated the Blues’ 4-0 demolition of Everton at Stamford Bridge earlier in the day.
After watching the his impressive display, Keane said: “There are certain traits you want from midfielder, obviously quality on the ball, football intelligence, composure, he had everything.”
Former Manchester City defender Richards chimed in: “I burst on to the scene didn’t I and I was going to be the next best thing.
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“And yeah I won a Premier League which is the best thing you can ever do.
“I won the FA Cup and I got to play for a team that I loved, but I underachieved.”
Keane quickly responded: “Did you burst onto the scene?”
After initially seeing the funny side, Richards said: “Do you not remember my header against Villa?
“Do you not remember that?”
“Very few defenders burst onto the scene,” Keane replied.
“Hold on, I played for England at 18, youngest ever defender to play for England,” came Richards’ reply.
“I would say that’s bursting onto the scene.”
Richards won 10 England caps in 2007 but only another two for the rest of his career – one in 2010 and another in 2012.
After making 245 appearances for Manchester City he signed for Aston Villa on a free transfer after agreeing a four-year contract.
Knee injuries restricted him to just 31 games for the club during the entirety of his time at the Midlands outfit.
He announced his retirement from playing in July 2019, at the age of 31 after alleging that fans abused him due to the amount of tie he spent injured and unable to play.