Wayne Rooney had spat with Roy Keane on first United away trip and hid TV remote

Wayne Rooney had a spat with Roy Keane on his first Manchester United away trip and hid a television remote from the Red Devils captain.

The former England international joined United as an 18-year-old in 2004, signing from boyhood club Everton for £33million, then a world record fee for a teenager.

However, Rooney has said that he did not feel daunted by the prospect of entering the United first team dressing room at such a young age having played with some of their stars for England already.

He also feels he earned the respect of Keane following an argument between the pair on his first away trip.

Speaking on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football in February 2018, Rooney explained his emotions when he first joined United in 2004.

“You’re obviously a bit nervous when you first walk in but I knew from the England squad Rio, Wes Brown, Scholesy, Gaz so I was quite comfortable going into the dressing room," admitted the Derby County manager.

“I always remember on my first away trip, having an argument with Roy Keane.

“Roy was watching the rugby the night before we played Newcastle away and he went to get his food so I turned over and put X Factor on and hid the remote.

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“So, he wasn't happy about it anyway so had an argument but I think straight away he respected me more for it.

“For having a go back at him. I think he looked at me and respected that I was big enough to have a go back at him.”

Rooney and Keane played together 39 times for United in a year and a half as teammates before Keane left the club to join Celtic in January 2006.

The pair also failed to win a trophy together during this period, but Rooney would go on to five Premier League titles and the Champions League in 13 years at Old Trafford.

Rooney would also go on to become United's all-time leading goalscorer with a total of 253 goals, surpassing club legend Bobby Charlton's tally.

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