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Season Ticket Holder Andy Cole: I want Ronaldo To Stay

Andy Cole was a massive part of our incredible 1999 Treble winning team, scoring many important goals. The winner away to Juventus in the European Cup semi-finals, the equalisers at home to Arsenal and Leeds, as well as, most importantly, the goal that clinched us the title on the last day of the season, putting away a fantastic lob against Spurs.

My favourite Cole memory probably has to be the 5 goals he scored against Ipswich in that 9-0 battering. ‘Goal King Cole’ posters were being sold all around the ground and there really was the feeling we’d watched something special. Cole had only joined us two months previous to that, so the anticipation of what he would achieve was incredible.

In total, Andy Cole (or Andrew, as he now likes to be called) won five League titles, two FA Cups and the European Cup with United. However, like with most players who leave us, the only way is down, with him picking up just one more winners medal in the seven years since leaving us.

Roy Keane gave Cole a job after he was released by Portsmouth, taking him to Sunderland. However, he was loaned out to Burnley in February, where he scored 6 goals in 13 games. Last week however, he agreed a deal with Nottingham Forest in the Championship, although admits it’s what is going on at United which is keeping his interest at the moment.

“Manchester United is my team,” Cole said. “I’ve got my season tickets and my son loves to watch them. I want Ronaldo to stay because United are a special team and, as a season ticket holder, I want to still be watching him. If I can help Forest get a good result on the Saturday and then we go to watch Ronaldo on the Sunday, even better.”

Feels pretty nice to think of Andy Cole taking his lad to come and watch us play after all these years. Whatever happens with Ronaldo, at least we do have enough of the Sir Bobby Charltons, Bryan Robsons and Ole Gunnar Solskjaers who really do understand what this club is all about.

Andrew Cole, I salute you.

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About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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6 Comments

  1. jsos says:

    this article make me grin today. amidst all the buzz and rubbish filling this transfer market period, its a refreshing reminder of what makes us so special.. and how it lives on in our players for always

  2. Eddie says:

    He will always mean something special to me!

  3. Gary says:

    The word legend is used too much but I definitely see Andy Cole as a legend at United. I grew up as a kid watching the likes of Andy Cole so these are the players I will always remember. He used to get stick off the media and the public after that twat Glenn Hoddle said Andy Cole needed 5 chances to score a goal which was bollocks, but we loved him and I think thats why he has a great affection with the club. I remember when he came back to Old Trafford for the first time in a game when we beat Blackburn 2-1 and Andy Cole waited on the pitch at the end and the whole ground sang his name. He said in his interview afterwards that it left a lump in his throat to see how much the United fans appreciated what he did for the club. What a bloke! What a player!

  4. PeeJay says:

    I’ll never forget Andy Cole coming out with a United shirt against Europe XI.

  5. eddidaz says:

    *saluetes*

  6. Tom F says:

    Andy Cole and Dwight Yorkes partnership confuse me when I want to put Wayne Rooney in my United (Fergie) Dream Team.

    Such a great pair and the goals they scored never bore me. The goal he scored against Spurs sums it all up for me.

    Nice story, to hear he takes his son to OT.

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