PICTURE: Joey Barton knows why Gareth Southgate was so scared of Roy Keane last night

Barton has been quick to share a picture from the two ITV pundit's playing days in regards to the Nani sending off reaction post-Manchester United v Real Madrid.

As Jose Mourinho commented before the game the whole world would be stopping to watch the fixture between Manchester United and Real Madrid at Old Trafford where one man stood above all else.

Not the great Cristiano Ronaldo or the 1000th game maker Ryan Giggs but it was Turkish referee Cuynet Cakir who hogged the headlines after his divisive decision to send off Nani for a collision with Alvaro Arbeloa.

In the post-match autopsy Roy Keane was as ever his controversial best ably assisted by the ITV clown that is Adrian Chiles; the host almost egging on the Irishman like a schoolyard henchman.

Meanwhile it was clear that Lee Dixon and Gareth Southgate completely disagreed with the former Manchester United midfielder. However rather than just say it like it is both seemed to stutter around the subject with the demented eyes of the bullying Keane focused solely on the punditry pair.

Dixon eventually stuck to his guns and made it quite clear why he felt the yellow card would have been a more appropriate course of action.

Southgate however acted as if he thought Keano was about to steal his lunch money and give him a good winding for his insubordination by constantly trying to get his point across while also agreeing with Keane across the table.

Every morsel in your body wanted Southgate to tell Keane to shut his mouth and forcibly put his opinion across.

However Joey Barton seems to know just why he didn’t decide that was a good idea. Barton disagreed with Keane as well believing Nani was harshly treated. He also had photographic evidence as to why Southgate may have been so nervy around the ‘serious foul play’ expert that is Roy Keane.

image: © michael kjaer

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch