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Cole: Manchester United quartet remind me of treble-winning heroes

Van Persie and Rooney have struck up a good partnership (©GettyImages)
Van Persie and Rooney have struck up a good partnership (©GettyImages).

Former-Manchester United striker Andy Cole believes this current crop of Old Trafford strikers can replicate the success enjoying by the historic treble-winning team of 1999.

Sir Alex Ferguson signed Robin Van Persie for £24m this summer, and now has a formidable attacking quartet.

In Wayne Rooney, Van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck, the United boss has an abundance of forward talent, and Cole thinks a Rooney-Van Persie partnership could emulate his rapport with Dwight Yorke.

"The manager has always talked about the four strikers he had in 1999 with me, Yorkie, Teddy [Sheringham] and Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer]," said Cole in a Daily Mirror interview. "And to have what he has now, with the four strikers he's got, is unbelievable. He has so many options at his disposal, it's fantastic.

"People are so desperate to emulate a partnership, like the one Yorkie and I had. If you listen to the manager, he's been desperate to get something like that again.

"So to have Robin and Wayne, he's obviously hoping it works out as well as Yorkie and me. Then you've got the other two boys, Chicharito and Welbeck, who can come into the side."

Cole and Yorke helped to fire United to a historic treble in 1999, and this current quartet has already helped the Old Trafford club qualify for the Champions League knockout stage with two games to spare. Manchester United take on Galatasaray in Turkey this evening, and Ferguson has decided to rest Van Persie and Rooney ahead of next weekend's Premier League fixture.

Manchester United sit just one point behind local rivals Manchester City in the title race, although Cole believes United's added firepower could propel them past their city rivals this year, after their final day disappointment last season ended their title chances.

"It's great for me to watch the four strikers interchanging and hopefully they go out and win loads and loads of silverware - including the title and the European Cup."

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