Manchester United legend Gary Neville has named the favourite strike partnership he played with for the Red Devils. Neville spent his entire 19-year professional career at United, so had a long list of top-quality forwards he could pick from. But in the end he plumped with Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole, who were instrumental in the infamous treble win in 1999.
Yorke and Cole scored 53 goals between them that season to lead United to domestic and European success.
And that is the reason why Neville holds their partnership in higher regard to others such as Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez.
“It’s interesting that because when I first came into the team it was [Eric] Cantona and [Marc] Hughes,” Neville said on Monday Night Football Retro.
“And then obviously that period we had Yorkey and Coley, and Teddy [Sheringham] and Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] was well as strike partners.
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“Then it went into Ruud [van Nistelrooy] who played sometimes with Scholesy [Paul Scholes] and sometimes with one of the other lads that I’ve just mentioned
“And then it went into Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez who were absolutely sensational as well.
“I probably think Yorke and Cole just for that treble season where they were just absolutely sensational.
“The way in which they played together, they just lit up the whole league, lit up Europe.
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“I always remember a game we played in the Champions League group stages in Barcelona where both of them played together and I’d never seen anything like it.
“We conceded three goals, I was centre-back, but we scored three and those two that night were absolutely brilliant.
“So I’d probably say those two.”
Liverpool legend and Neville’s Sky Sports colleague Jamie Carragher was then asked which player he found it harder to play against.
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Carragher said Yorke was the better played but it was Cole who caused him the most problems on the pitch.
“I always felt Andy Cole was the most difficult to play against,” Carragher said.
“I think Dwight Yorke was the best player. Watching Manchester United I thought he was your No 1 striker.
“But in terms of what caused me a problem, Dwight Yorke was always in front of me, Andy Cole was always looking to go in-behind.
“That’s where they would always give you a problem, you could never sort of relax within the game.”
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