How Kleberson’s smile made Keane ‘even more angry’ in Man Utd rant

Former Manchester United midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba recalled Roy Keane “screaming at” at Kleberson at half-time in a Champions League game at Old Trafford.

Kleberson joined United in 2003 having won the World Cup with Brazil the previous year.

But the midfielder struggled at Old Trafford, scoring just twice in 20 Premier League appearances across two seasons.



And Djemba-Djemba remembers a particular occasion when captain Keane lost his temper with Kleberson.

He told “Roy Keane had a right go at Kleberson! Kleberson looked like he didn’t want to play with his body language, and wanted to play slowly.

“I remember one Champions League game at Old Trafford, we went into the dressing room and Roy Keane was screaming at him!

“He said ‘You need to wake-up! You need to give everything, you need to tackle! Why don’t you want to want to play? You just won The World Cup! What’s happened? You need to play better!’

“It was definitely scary for Kleberson. He was always smiling, and was still smiling when Keane had a go at him, which would have made Keane even more angry.”


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