Manchester United legend Paul Scholes claims the Red Devils’ former assistant coach Brian Kidd did not believe Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke would be able to play with each other.
The two strikers were the razor sharp spearhead of Sir Alex Ferguson’s iconic United team that won the Premier League, the Champions League, and the FA Cup in 1999. Yorke contributed 29 goals and 19 assists in 51 appearances, while Cole managed to grab 24 goals and seven assists in a half century of games that campaign.
Their partnership was almost impossible to defend against as the pair regularly ran riot on terrified opposition defences. And one of the individuals most surprised by their combined quality may have been Ferguson’s fight hand man.
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“I always remember with Brian Kidd, I probably shouldn’t say this on air, but I used to pick Kiddo up when we went for away games and stuff,” Scholes said to the Joe Cole cast. “[And I said] ‘we are going to sign Dwight Yorke’.
“He actually said at the time ‘Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole can’t play together. There’s no chance’.
“Then you look and the connection they had on and off the field was [brilliant]. But you can’t predict that, it might have been a lot of people’s opinion.”
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Yorke and Cole would prove to be the difference makers for United over the course of a long, tiring, but successful campaign for the club. If they were not able to quite do the damage, Ferguson also had two more exceptional reinforcements to call upon.
“When I think of great football I think about the forwards,” Scholes said to the Joe Cole Cast. “I think that team had four of the best centre forwards there has been. We could start with Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke and if it was not happening for them after an hour, you’ve got Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”
Scholes went on to add, “With them centre forwards you would score goals all the time. Okay we might concede, but I always felt with them forwards, if you give them service, there’s just so many goals there.”
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