Gary Pallister has revealed he and team-mate Roy Keane did not speak during the defender's final year at Manchester United following a pre-season bust-up.
The former United defender admitted their difference of opinion could have been resolved long before it eventually was if the two men had not been so stubborn.
Pallister and Keane formed part of the bedrock upon which Sir Alex Ferguson's all-conquering United dynasty was built but as his time at Old Trafford drew to a close Pallister was at loggerheads with the combustible Irishman.
Pallister was speaking in Dublin, where Keane is currently helping Martin O'Neill to prepare his Republic of Ireland squad for Sunday's friendly against England. He added:
United old boy Andrew Cole revealed during a visit to Ireland last year that he saw Pallister and Keane come to blows in Marbella on his first pre-season trip with the Red Devils, although the central defender played down the incident, which left the Irishman looking for his watch. Pallister said with a smile:
For all that, Pallister said he retains a huge admiration for Keane and is confident he will return to management in his own right before long. He said: