Andy Cole opens up on bitter feud with Man Utd team-mate Teddy Sheringham

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Andy Cole has revealed he “didn’t exchange a single word” with Teddy Sheringham during their time as team-mates at Manchester United .

The pair were part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad that completed a famous treble during the 1998-99 season.

Both played a key role in the Red Devils’ success that season, with Cole netting 17 goals in the Premier League campaign while Sheringham scored in both the FA Cup final and Champions League final victories.

Despite the success that they shared on the pitch at Old Trafford, the two players were far from friends and were involved in a feud which culminated in an infamous tunnel bust-up the season before the treble triumph.

And Cole admitted that he was not on speaking terms with his fellow striker and said that the pair would only ever communicate through Dwight Yorke.

Andy Cole celebrates with Teddy Sheringham after scoring in 2000

“We never spoke,” Cole said in an interview with The Telegraph .

“Unless it was going to be another argument between us…no, never spoke.

“We didn’t exchange a single word while we were there.”

“I’ve got to laugh now but Yorkie was like the go-between… if Teddy wanted to ask me something, he’d ask Yorkie to tell me because, at any stage, my response to him could be anything.

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“I was so volatile towards him. I just wasn’t having him.”

The hostility between the two started four years before they celebrated United’s treble success, during an international match against Uruguay in March 1995.

Cole and Sheringham were part of the Man United treble-winning team

Cole, who had signed for the Red Devils just two months before, claimed that Sheringham refused to shake his hand when he replaced the then-Tottenham striker for his England debut.

“To leave me hanging on the line like that, I felt so embarrassed,” Cole added.

“I didn’t even want to go and play the game after that, that’s how embarrassed I felt.

“Snubbed on the line when you’re making your debut as a young kid, I mean…I think I hit the bar in the game but I couldn’t fathom it, I couldn’t get it out of my mind.”

Although the pair both left Old Trafford in 2001, they will re-unite when a United legends team take on their Bayern Munich counterparts in a charity game at the stadium on Sunday.

And Sheringham revealed this week that the two-decade feud with Cole has finally reached an end after the pair met in a nightclub.

Cole and Sheringham will play in a Man United legends game on Sunday. Photo by John Giles/ PA.

He told the Daily Mail : “I was out with my mates and he was with his wife Shirley. I saw him walking towards me and I thought to myself ‘hold up’.

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“He’s got quite a deadpan face anyway. There wasn’t a big smile. I thought: ‘Here goes. Maybe after all these years…’ I had my guard up.

“He came towards me and I could see Shirley looking at me thinking, ‘f***ing hell, what’s going to happen?’

“He put his hand out and said, ‘let bygones be bygones and put everything behind us’. I said, ‘wow, I didn’t expect that. No problem’. I shook his hand and that was that.”

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