SUNSPORT’S Danny Higginbotham talks to Andrew Cole about the Liverpool vs Manchester United clash on Saturday, their time together at Old Trafford and Cole’s brilliant record at Anfield…
DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM: You had a great record against Liverpool — 11 goals, eight at Anfield and four for United. I remember the 3-1 in 1997. You scored two. What was it like scoring at Anfield for United?
SunSport man Danny Higginbotham met former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole ahead of the Liverpool clash[/caption]
Cole scored 11 goals at Anfield[/caption]
ANDREW COLE: I loved scoring goals, man, being involved with them. And scoring at Anfield was special.
You have certain teams and, no disrespect, I always fancied they would give me a chance. I could be out the team for two games and Sir Alex would always bring me back for Liverpool.
DH: Was scoring at Anfield your biggest high?
AC: It was great but it wasn’t my biggest high. Just playing for a big team, winning games, having a good rapport with your fans and your team-mates, that’s the high.
Higginbotham and Cole had a short spell together at Old Trafford[/caption]
Cole celebrates one his two goals in a 3-1 win at Anfield in 1997[/caption]
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DH: Did Liverpool games mean more to Sir Alex Ferguson?
AC: Oh, man. Massive. Every game was big but then there was Liverpool!
When we beat them the gaffer would come into the changing room and do a little jig.
I remember one game, I got sent off at Anfield but we still won. Normally, he’d fine you if you were sent off but he was buzzing so much, he forgot. I got away with one there.
DH: Ever score at The Kop?
AC: Yeah, for Blackburn. A half-volley.
DH: Dipped over the keeper’s head. I remember. When you were playing for United which was the bigger game, City or Liverpool?
AC: Liverpool for sure.
DH: And now?
AC: Liverpool’s always going to be big, with the history, the European Cups . . . but it’s changed a bit because they haven’t been challenging for the title. But it’s still a massive, massive game.
DH: So City have taken over?
AC: No. It takes more prominence because they can win the league but Liverpool is still bigger.
DH: I agree. Which was your best United goal?
AC: For the importance, maybe against Spurs to win the league in 1999. That led to the Treble.
But I enjoyed them all. Little chips, tap-ins, headers.
DH: No matter what you did for United, winning the Treble, all the goals, people still go back to that West Ham game in 1995.
AC: Of course.
DH: But it’s ridiculous. It didn’t matter what anybody did, that ball was not going in! Ludek Miklosko had the game of his life.
AC: It’s swings and roundabouts. That was ’95 and I was lambasted for costing Man U the title and then in ’99 it had gone full circle. That’s football. I don’t sit at home and study it. At the time I took it tough. But I look back on my career, what I achieved given where I came from . . .
Cole seals Manchester United the Premier League title with a lob against Spurs in 1999 – United would win the Treble in the following weeks[/caption]
DH: I made my home debut against Leicester in 1999 and you scored a kind of overhead kick. It was a hard chance but you looked like you expected to score.
As a young lad at Old Trafford, seeing the way you guys trained, the standards, how seriously you’d take it, the arguments, it never felt like you were going to get beat.
AC: It was an unbelievable mentality. We’d bicker over the smallest things in training. We’d be in the square and if someone passed it a yard short, we’d argue for ten minutes about who was going in the box.
It didn’t mean we didn’t like each other. It was about standards.
DH: That Treble team was unbelievable. So good. Talent but you wouldn’t back down either.
AC: Yeah, we looked after each other.
DH: That spine! Schmeichel, Stam, Keane and you and Yorke up top. It’s the best team I’ve seen in the Premier League.
The Treble winning team on a bus parade through Manchester[/caption]
AC: Yeah. And the boys always used to say how important the spine of the team was.
But it was an unbelievable team. The best I ever played in.
DH: I left United at 21. Never good enough for the first team. But what I took away from Old Trafford was how to conduct myself on and off the pitch. How to train.
It was less about ‘this is your body shape as a defender’ — more about how to behave. It was invaluable.
AC: The gaffer had a lot to do with that. Setting standards. He knew everyone’s name. He’s a top man.
DH: Agreed. Even down to the snotty-nosed apprentices, he knew everyone.
Now on to this United team. Obviously, there’s been massive rebuilding. But I look at this side and I’m seeing the United I love, the one I supported as a kid. And a manager who looks like a United manager.
I think this is Jose Mourinho’s dream job. Do you see him there long term?
AC: I hope so. I know he’s had that cycle of three years, people fall out of love with him, he moves on — but I’d like to think he’d be here long term and will bring back success.
DH: The spine is good now.
DH: Are you surprised Romelu Lukaku hit the ground running?
AC: No. He’d done it in the Premier League for the past five seasons. He was always going to score goals.
DH: But there’s pressure being United’s record striker signing? You were. Did you feel it?
AC: Yes, but it was different. I had to keep United at the top. Now Romelu has to get them there but that buys you a bit of time.
If I didn’t cut it, I’d be on the bench. Mind you, if Romelu doesn’t, United can go out and buy a new striker.
DH: Is there more pressure on Liverpool than United tomorrow?
AC: Yeah. They’re at home. They’re shipping goals. Klopp’s been there two years and it’s still a bit topsy-turvy. But this is also United’s first real test.
DH: True. Will United play on the break?
AC: It wouldn’t surprise me. Liverpool are the home team. They need to win. United can sit a bit and Soak it all up. And they have pace to do damage.
DH: And Liverpool struggle when they are hit on the break. Fellaini is out for United. No one would have thought it mattered a year ago, but he’s been unbelievable lately.
AC: He’s had a great start this season. You need someone who believes in you and the manager does. On the flip side, look at Herrera who was United’s best player last season — he can’t get a game. That’s football.
Cole pictured with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the gym - the Swede is working his way back to fitness[/caption]
DH: I saw a picture of you in the gym with Zlatan. How’s he?
AC: Really good. Back next year, I think, so he’s done well really.
DH: Where does he fit in now, though?
AC: He’ll get games because he’s got so much quality. And he’s brilliant in the dressing room. I love Zlatan. He tells you how it is. He’s legendary.
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Manchester United youngster Scott McTominay has signed new long-term contract at Old Trafford until 2021
MANCHESTER UNITED have announced youngster Scott McTominay has signed a new long-term contract at Old Trafford. The 20-year-old was out of contract at the end of the season with a host of Premier League clubs monitoring his situation. United boss Jose Mourinho has convinced the midfielder who made his first-team debut at Arsenal last season […]
MANCHESTER UNITED have announced youngster Scott McTominay has signed a new long-term contract at Old Trafford.
The 20-year-old was out of contract at the end of the season with a host of Premier League clubs monitoring his situation.
United boss Jose Mourinho has convinced the midfielder who made his first-team debut at Arsenal last season has penned a deal until 2021, with an option to extend for a futher year.
McTominay said: “I have grown up at this great club and it has always been a big part of my life.
“I attended the club’s development centre in Preston from the age of five and have gone on to progress from there.
“To make my debut at the end of last season was a dream come true, and I would like to thank the manager for the faith that he has shown in me.
“I was absolutely delighted when the manager promoted me to the first-team squad and I am looking forward to continuing my journey with this fantastic team.”
Mourinho said: “I am delighted Scott has signed a new contract, he is one of our young players that has gone from strength to strength. He made his Premier League debut at the end of last season and made his Champions League debut this season. I had no hesitation in promoting Scott to the first-team squad last month as we have total belief in him.”
Charlotte Crosby mocked by cruel trolls who think she looks like ‘a rubber sex doll’ after lip fillers, Botox and nose job
CHARLOTTE Crosby has been cruelly taunted by trolls who compared her cosmetically-enhanced look to that of a “rubber sex doll.” The former Geordie Shore star, 27, hasn’t been shy in sharing her love of Botox and fillers – and cruel keyboard bullies were quick to taunt her after she posted a loved-up selfie with boyfriend […]
CHARLOTTE Crosby has been cruelly taunted by trolls who compared her cosmetically-enhanced look to that of a “rubber sex doll.”
The former Geordie Shore star, 27, hasn’t been shy in sharing her love of Botox and fillers – and cruel keyboard bullies were quick to taunt her after she posted a loved-up selfie with boyfriend Stephen Bear.
The Just Tattoo Of Us presenters chose to capture their date day on Instagram, with a shot showing them dressed in thick winter coats.
Looking like they had just been for a walk, make-up free Charlotte stopped to pout for a photograph as a beaming Bear grinned beside her.
Yet many were distracted from the sweet show of affection and quick to point out Charlotte’s plumper-looking lips, which were a far cry from her look when she first joined the racy MTV show.
One troll raged: “Please stop . you look like a blow up doll .”
Another squealed: “Omg you look like a plastic doll,” as a third quizzed: “How much surgery has she had done? She looks like a doll.
One quipped: “U look like a doll and I don’t mean that as a compliment,” while one moaned: “Really disappointed…full of fillers, plastic and Botox. Ugh.”
A telly fan posted: “She looks soooo different! No more surgery!” as one added: “Omfggggg her face!!! Wtf man.. future nightmare.”
A fan then bluntly uploaded: “Yuck she looks botched AF.”
Yet the Newcastle beauty’s loyal fans were quick to leap to her defence.
One added: “Goals. LOVEU,” as another gushed: “I think you look beautiful and that you should continue to do what makes you happy xoxo.”
One surmised: “Just love her in general.”
This isn’t the first time Charlotte’s fans have been surprised by her appearance.
Recently, This Morning viewers were left confused as Charlotte showed off another new look.
With her hair dyed dark brown and a heavily made up face, Charlotte – who is a big fan of lip fillers – looked a far cry from her former self.
And while she was inundated with comments about how great she looked, some cruel trolls took to Twitter to question her look.
In the past Charlotte has been very open about her love of lip filler, saying previously: “I get them done every five to six months at a place in Newcastle. I had the thinnest top lip.”
Meanwhile Charlotte opened up about the new series of Just Tattoo Of Us, admitting she didn’t think anyone would want to take part this series.
She said: “We thought after series one no one would want to do it. But series two people had worse ideas because they wanted to top it.”
The star also opened up about the tattoo Bear gave her on the show – which was half a bear and half a cheetah.
Explaining why he did that, she said: “When I was filming series one, I had a boyfriend, it wasn’t a serious one. I was only with him for two months and I kissed Stephen on set.”
And when quizzed about if she could see herself marrying Bear, she responded: “Definitely in the future.”
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Martin Keown reveals what Arsenal have said about Jack Wilshere ‘behind the scenes’
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And Keown told BT Sport: “They’re saying behind the scenes Jack is now playing better than ever before in training.”
Wilshere, 25, must use Europe’s lesser competition to force his way back into regular first-team reckoning.
“This is a platform for him to prove first of all his fitness, then his ability and then he’s got to then get into the A team to play in the Premier League,” said Keown.
“He’s got to announce his career is back open again.
“We know the talent’s been there for years, he’s now just got to do it.
“This is a big enough platform to prove he can get into this first team.
“He doesn’t need to go on loan. Arsenal can meet his expectations but he needs to stay fit and well.”
Successive England managers have long admired Wilshere's craft and guile, and there is no doubting what he can contribute at club level, either.
But so many injuries have meant it's been a long haul and last season he was loaned out to Bournemouth.
All the same, Keown believes Wilshere can bring something to the Arsenal side that no other player can. He added: "He has an element of creativity that Arsene Wenger absolutely loves.
"He can light up a game, he springs from midfield and no-one else can do that quite like that in an Arsenal shirt."
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