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Man Utd ace Rooney: The ONE day I risked Keane wrath

Manchester United ace Wayne Rooney admits he once dared to wind-up Roy Keane. Rooney discusses the United legend in his new book, 'My Decade in the Premier League by Wayne Rooney', which is being serialised in the Mirror:

"Despite my brilliant start (at United), it doesn't take long for me to get up Roy Keane's nose.

"Roy's a leader, I can see that from training with him.

"He's really demanding, always telling us to graft harder. He can be just as demanding off the pitch. On the night before my first away game the squad sits down for tea in the team hotel, a fancy place with a private dining room complete with plasma screen telly.

"Roy's watching the rugby, but the minute he gets up to go to the loo, I swipe the controls and ?ip the channel so the lads can watch The X Factor on the other side. Then I stuff the remote in my trackie pocket.

"When Roy comes back and notices Simon Cowell's face on the telly, he's not happy. He starts shouting. 'Who's turned it over? Where's the remote?'

"I don't say a word. Nobody does. Everyone starts looking around the room, trying to avoid his glare. 'Well, if no-one's watching this, I'll turn it off.' Roy walks up to the telly and yanks the plug out of the wall.

"The lads sit there in silence.

"There isn't a sound, apart from the scrape of cutlery on plates. It's moody. After dinner we all crash out early, but at around midnight I get a knock on the door. It's the club security guard.

"He says: 'Roy's sent me. He wants to know where the remote controls are.'

"It's Roy's way of letting on to me that he knows exactly what's happened. It's a message.

"I hand them over and wonder what's going to happen.

"But the next day he says nothing about it."

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