Roy Keane was ridiculed by Micah Richards after the Manchester United legend suggested the colours of the banners at Old Trafford had been affecting players.
While fans have been banned from stadiums amid the coronavirus pandemic, the stands at Old Trafford have been adorned with banners over the seats.
The Red Devils have changed the colour from red to black with Keane claiming it does make a huge difference.
It echoes the decision by Sir Alex Ferguson to famously change United’s shirts at half-time back in 1996, with the 25th anniversary this week, because the grey was making it hard for the players to pick each other out.
But former Man City defender Richards was having none of it.
“I think it’s affected Fred more than anyone else,” Keane joked on Sky Sports.
“I wished they’d done it earlier in the season when they were having real problems. It does affect players certainly when you are passing it quickly.”
A shocked Micah Richards said: “It affects players!?”
Keane replied: “I played in midfield Micah. Things happen pretty quickly in there. It’s just common sense. Things in the background does affect them, why do you think they’ve changed it.”
Richards said: “Look at the fall from grace. Premier League, Champions League and now he’s moaning about banners.”
Keane added: “I’m not moaning about it. It’s just common sense.”
Richards replied: “Are you going to be banning fans from turning up in home shirts next?”
To which Keane just sat there shaking his head with a wry smile on his face.
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