Updated: Saturday, 24th February 2018 @ 3:52pm

Manchester United’s attack special but not better than our 1999 treble winners, claims legend Andrew Cole

Manchester United’s attack special but not better than our 1999 treble winners, claims legend Andrew Cole

By Chris Bailey

Manchester United’s attacking riches cannot be compared to the treble-winning quartet of 1999 just yet, insists Old Trafford hero Andrew Cole.

Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck already gave Alex Ferguson plenty of options – and a few selection headaches – before summer signing Robin van Persie entered the fray.

Though the current crop is being lauded as the greatest ever Red Devils strike-force, Cole believes his era with Dwight Yorke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham still takes some beating.

"Robin has done extremely well," Cole told MUTV. "With Wayne, Chicha and Danny Welbeck. I look at the three who played with me - Yorkey, Teddy and Ole - and they're always going to get compared to what we achieved.

"Naturally, you can only compare when the season is over and you can see what the players have achieved but the guys we have got now are very, very special.

“The boys we had in 1999 were special as well so only time will tell."

Cole collected two FA Cup winners’ medals in his time at Old Trafford, but United have not won the historic competition since their 2004 triumph over Millwall.

Ferguson’s men are in the fourth round – playing hosts to Fulham on Saturday – and Cole hopes they get the stroke of good fortune needed for a knockout tournament.

"We've not had a decent run in the cup in the past few years," he said. "It's very unusual. When you talk about the cup competitions, you need a little bit of luck.

“Look at Bradford. Who would have expected that? So, fingers crossed, we can have a good run and get through to the final."

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