Andy Cole believes the Manchester United Treble winning team of 1999 would have been a match for Liverpool’s current crop of Premier League champions.
Speaking to TEAMtalk at a BT Sport event, the striker who was part of a potent United forward line that secured a historic Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup clean sweep 21 years ago has played down suggestions that Jurgen Klopp’s Class of 2020 are the finest champions to have played in this era of the game.
“Our 1999 team would have beaten this Liverpool team in a one-off match and over the course of a full season, we would have beaten them to the Premier League title as well,” declared a defiant Cole.
“I just think our team would beat any team we have seen in England n the last 20 or 30 years, it’s as simple as that.
“This Liverpool are very good and what they have achieved over the last year has been impressive, but I wouldn’t have any sleepless night playing against them with our Treble winning side.
“People forget how good our 1999 team was when they say the Man City champions of a couple of years back are the best of all-time or this Liverpool side are better than we were.
“Look at the line-up we had; Peter Schmeichel in goal, Jaap Stam at the back, Roy Keane in midfield with Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Paul Scholes and four decent strikers in Dwight Yorke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Teddy Sheringham and myself.
“It was a hell of a team, we didn’t have too many weaknesses and we could win games in a variety of ways.
“We could be deadly on the counter-attack with players like Ryan Giggs, we could out-pass teams at times, we could get into people faces and mix it with them when we needed to.
“Our manager always used to say that your centre-forwards were the ones who would win you games and we have seen something similar with the three Liverpool have up front at the moment.”
Lazio in for Pereira
Manchester United have reportedly opened transfer talks with Lazio over a deal for midfielder Andreas Pereira.
The 24-year-old has struggled to establish himself in a packed United midfield, and could be on his way before the October 5 deadline.
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano claims that negotiations have just started between United and Lazio for Pereira to make the move to the Stadio Olimpico.
The Brazil international would certainly get the opportunity of more game time in Rome. Indeed, the pace of the game in Italy is more suited to his style of play.
Pereira’s potential arrival at Lazio could signal an exit for former United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
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