EPL: No better partnership than Cole-Yorke

EPL: No better partnership than Cole-Yorke

Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are all the rage, despite the hiccup at the Emirates Stadium last Saturday.

David Moyes is purring over his Manchester United goal tandem Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

But Andy Cole is in no mood to consider these two strike partnerships as the best.

Armed with the confidence he had when he scored goals for fun for United, former marksman Cole told this reporter how his partnership with Dwight Yorke hit the highest notes.

"The best. Why? If you judge (partnerships) by what they've achieved and seen what Dwight and I have achieved, it is clear," said the 42-year-old, on the sidelines of the press conference announcing United's three-year partnership with Unilever here on Monday.

"Name them (modern partnerships), who do you think is better (than the Cole-Yorke partnership)?"

When Rooney and van Persie were mentioned, he countered: "What are you judging them on? Goals? Dwight and I scored goals, too.

"I'm just being honest here."

Honest, and cocksure.

Trinidadian Yorke and Cole were the spearheads when United swept to an unprecedented Treble triumph in 1999, lifting the Premiership trophy, FA Cup and the Champions League title.

Yorke fired in 29 goals in all competitions that season, while Cole swept in 24.

The two strikers went on to help United to retain the Premiership crown over the next two seasons, before Yorke was sold to Blackburn.

Englishman Cole scored 93 goals in 195 games over eight seasons at Old Trafford and remains the second-highest scorer overall - behind Alan Shearer's 260 - with 187 career goals in the Premiership.

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