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Saturday, 27 October, 2001, 19:16 GMT 20:16 UK
Keane 'deserved red card'
David Beckham (left) is left sprawling after being pushed in the face by Keane (third right)
Leeds and Man Utd players argue after the incident
Leeds striker Robbie Keane should have been sent off for shoving Manchester United's David Beckham in the face in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, his manager David O'Leary believes.

O'Leary admitted that he "had a right go" at Keane in the dressing room after the match on Saturday for retaliating to a rash challenge from Beckham.

Keane was let off with a booking for what according to the rules is a clear red-card offence.

"I thought Keane was lucky to stay on the pitch," O'Leary said.

There is a new edict this year if you raise your hands you are off and the referee failed to do that
Sir Alex Ferguson

"I had a right go at him afterwards because I feel if you raise your hands you are leaving yourself open to the referee.

"If that had happened in Europe, I think he would definitely have taken a walk.

"It was a nothing incident, but Robbie should not have done what he did.

"I was sitting there waiting for the ref to make the decision and I thought he would give him the red card."

Keane admitted he had let his emotions get the better of him.

And United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: "The main talking point obviously is whether Robbie Keane should have been sent off.

David Beckham and Robbie Keane are booked by referee Dermot Gallagher
Flashpoint: Beckham and Keane are booked

"For me, it is not a debate. There is a new edict this year if you raise your hands you are off and the referee failed to do that.

"I don't think Robbie Keane is that type of player but he should have gone.

"It was silly of the boy. It is just spur of the moment temperament, who knows?"

O'Leary felt his side deserved to win.

Leeds took the lead after 76 minutes thanks to Mark Viduka, but Ole Gunnar Solksjaer got one back in the 88th minute.

"If I've got to be super critical of my players, they have got to learn because when we got the goal we sat back and invited trouble. "We kind of got deeper in the box and tried to hold on."


Ferguson said Viduka's goal might have been offside.

"The first half was a really good performance by us," he said.

"In the second half I thought Leeds countered very well, but the best moments in terms of football still came from us and I think it would have been a travesty had we lost that.

You have got a chance of the championship with that kind of form
David O'Leary
Leeds manager

"In time honoured fashion, we pulled it out of the fire again and for that we thank the man again.

"Solskjaer's biggest asset is not only as a great finisher, but his ability to study the game before he comes on and look at it, know the state of play as he is going onto the field."

Manchester United could have gone on to win the game but for two saves by Nigel Martyn in the dying seconds.

One came after a deflection from Dominic Matteo, after which Martyn just stopped the ball going between his legs.

The other was a superb diving save from a glancing header by Ruud van Nistelrooy.

'November crucial'

"In the end we could have won it," Ferguson said. "The keeper was a bit lucky, it went between his legs and got a deflection.

"But it was a great save, a fantastic save from Ruud van Nistelrooy's header."

Leeds remain unbeaten in the league and O'Leary said: "You have got a chance of the championship with that kind of form."

He added that November, when they will lose a lot of players to internationals, will be crucial to Leeds' title hopes.

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