MANCHESTER UNITED legend Ryan Giggs has amazingly revealed he didn't like old foe Emmanuel Petit "because he had long hair".
Giggs, who now manages the country he represented, Wales, has opened up on the bitter rivalry back in the day between United and Arsenal.
PA:Press Association3 Ryan Giggs has astonishingly revealed he didn't like Emmanuel Petit because 'he had long hair'
Most football fans will remember the flashpoints between the two respective captains Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira, including that infamous tunnel bust-up.
But Giggs has claimed that the dislike ran a lot deeper, extending throughout the squad, in a revealing interview with MailOnline.
He said: "I didn’t like Arsenal.
"I didn’t like Vieira ’cos he was dirty and got away with murder. I didn’t like Petit because he had long hair. I didn’t like Bergkamp.
"I didn’t like Pires even though when you meet him now he’s actually dead nice.
"I wouldn’t even look at them, didn’t know them and didn’t want to. I wouldn’t allow myself to rate any of them."
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But you had to get that in your head, that intense dislike. It was pure motivation
Ryan Giggs on facing Arsenal
In their tenacious battles on the pitch, it was often a matter of as much a mental battle as well as physical.
And Giggs opened up on just how United under Sir Alex Ferguson motivated themselves for the biggest of games.
He added: "Berkgamp? Nah, I told myself he wasn’t as good as Eric Cantona. I wasn’t really that kind of person. It wasn’t really me.
"But you had to get that in your head, that intense dislike. It was pure motivation.
"But deep down we knew. They were top drawer and that rivalry was everything to us. Deeper even than Liverpool at that time."
Many people will remember Keane's finger-pointing bust-up with Vieira back in 2005 in the tunnel.
And SunSport reported how it all came about after Gary Neville claimed to have been threatened by the Frenchman.
United great Paul Scholes claims Keane was simply sticking up for his more-timid team-mate.
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Scholes said on the Channel 5 documentary "The Feud: Ferguson v Wenger": "Vieira said something to Gary Neville in the warm-up, which was crazy really.
"A warm-up! Who's thinking about saying something or talking to another player?
"Roy felt that Patrick was trying to bully him. I don’t think any of us could be bullied."
3 Roy Keane was an angry man before Manchester United's away game against Arsenal in 2005
3 Roy Keane felt Patrick Vieira had unfairly targeted Gary Neville