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Vieira misses Arsenal's bitter showdowns with Man Utd

Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira admits he misses playing for Arsenal against bitter rivals Manchester United.

"When I was at Arsenal, Manchester was the best team in the country, because they were winning the League in the last four or five years," Vieira told The Sun.

"There was a big rivalry between the two clubs and every single game that I played against Manchester has been tough, has been difficult.

"There was a lot of tension, a lot of arguments, battles. But it was fantastic. I loved it a lot.

"Of course, talking about tension, there was some on the pitch, some outside the pitch and that makes me laugh now."

Vieira's lowest point was receiving a red card at Old Trafford in September 2003 after a spat with United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. The arguments and scuffles between players continued at the final whistle and later in the players' tunnel.

"We played at Manchester and I was sent off during the game because I made a tackle and Van Nistelrooy acted like he was making a movie," said Vieira.

"I got really frustrated about it and wasn't happy at all.

"After the game, I saw him next to the coach and we exchanged a few words. That was quite funny."

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