“I used to go past people and stuff but in this team you didn’t need to do all that because the quality was so good.
“He’s just ridiculous: [Kevin] De Bruyne has got a bit of fizz, but Becks is still the best I’ve seen.”
If Yorke thought his heroics would provide a way back into the team, however, he was mistaken – as Sir Alex brutally drove home the following weekend.
“It meant a lot to me. I wasn’t playing regularly because Coley and Teddy were doing the job. They were the first pairing which is understandable. If you drop off you’ll be left behind. When you come up against a big rival, you want to do well because in the back of your mind you think if you do well you get back in the team.
“But we played Leeds the next week and I didn’t play! The gaffer said he could have scored that hat-trick! That’s what he said to me!”
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