Former United captain Keane was giving his take on England’s Raheem Sterling situation, after the Man City star was axed by boss Gareth Southgate.
The Three Lions chief left Sterling out of his squad for Thursday night’s encounter with Montenegro at Wembley, following a canteen bust-up with Liverpool ’s Joe Gomez on Monday.
That decision, and the public statement that followed, somewhat overshadowed England’s 1000th fixture.
And speaking on ITV, Keane offered up an incident from his past, during his time with United, and how it played out.
“I’ve previously had a fight with a player – Peter Schmeichel – in a hotel,” declared the Irishman. “Obviously [it] was in the lobby, it was about four o’clock in the morning, there wasn’t many people around.
“We got pulled by the manager [Sir Alex Ferguson], he said we were both a disgrace.
“To be fair to Peter, he apologised. But we moved on, it never affected us as teammates.”
Keane also reckons that the incident involving Sterling earlier this week could have been kept quiet by the England camp.
“I think they’ve made a bigger deal than what it really is. I think it’s all part of the game,” said Keane.
“I suppose we’re quite quick to criticise players for not caring.
“Obviously Raheem is quite upset about the previous day – I’m not patting him on the back for going at one of his teammates, but I think Gareth [Southgate] could have played it down quite easily by saying ‘it’s no big deal, we move on’.
“He’s had to speak about it for three days now.”