Football's 11 most shocking tackles of all time

Pedro Mendes, Ben Thatcher

8. Roy Keane on Alf-Inge Haaland

Manchester derby, 2001

The roots of this infamous knee-high tackle were bedded three years previously.

A mistimed Keane lunge at Leeds'™ Haaland resulted in a cruciate ligament injury for the United skipper –“ an injury to which the incensed Haaland was, unsurprisingly, less than sympathetic. The Norwegian stood over Keane'™s prone figure and denounced him (somewhat vociferously) as a faker.

Shockingly, Keane held a slight grudge about these actions, and in the 2001 Manchester derby Keane saw (or, rather, plotted) an opportunity for revenge, ensuring this 50-50 ball had similar odds of then-City star Haaland being able to walk again.

A red card, five-game suspension and £150,000 fine followed, but hardly seemed a fitting punishment after the level of pre-meditation was revealed in Keane'™s autobiography.

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