Dwight Yorke has reflecting upon becoming Manchester United’s record signing when he joined from Aston Villa for £12.8m in August 1998.
“You go from being pretty well-known to being public property,” he said. “The expectation level rose from the change in clubs rather than the fee itself. I had nothing to do with the fee, so it didn’t bother me that much. I coped by being determined to enjoy myself. I just thought: ‘I’m playing for Manchester United, how good is this?’ I’ve got a West Indian background and, to a certain degree, a West Indian mentality. I’m not easily fazed. The day I walked into that fabulous dressing room, filled with world-class players, I felt confident that I could carry on doing what I had done for Villa at Manchester United.”