Gary Neville names Manchester United’s best striking partnership

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Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has named the striking partnership of Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke as the most impressive partnership he ever saw.

Despite playing in the same team with the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Eric Cantona and Teddy Sheringham, the former fullback has rated Cole and Yorke as the best.

“For the treble season alone, Yorke and Cole were the best,” the Red Devils’ former captain told Sky Sports. “They were sensational, the way they played together. They lit up the whole league, they lit up Europe.

“I always remember a game at Barcelona in the Champions League group stage, I’d never seen anything like it. We conceded three goals – I was playing at centre-back – but we scored three and Yorke and Cole were absolutely brilliant.

“When Yorke signed in 1998 it was after the start of the season and it was a surprise in some ways because I came out of nowhere.

“We knew Yorke was a good player from Aston Villa, but you didn’t think he would be the one to come into United. I don’t think anybody realised how good a player he was – I never realised how good he was, I knew he was a good player but not to the level he surprised us by when he came into the team.

“Yorke and Cole didn’t hit it off from the start, it took 10 to 15 games from memory. Leicester away [Yorke scored a hat-trick and Cole notched a brace in January 1999] sticks in my mind, something just happened that day and after that they started socialising together, getting on off the pitch and respect between each other developed.

“The thing about that partnership is that neither minded who scored, something you wouldn’t have seen with partnerships involving Ruud van Nistelrooy and Michael Owen, who had to score to be happy.”

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