Roy Keane ‘went for Teddy Sheringham’ during bitter feud with Andy Cole

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Man United legends Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham famously never saw eye-to-eye, with the pair once having to be separated by Roy Keane – who then 'went for' Sheringham himself.

Cole and Sheringham played together at Old Trafford from 1997 to 2001, lining up alongside each other on 99 occasions despite their infamous long-running feud.

It was in March 1995 when the seeds were sewn for their dispute, with Sheringham failing to acknowledge the significant of Cole's England debut against Uruguay.

Then-Tottenham striker Sheringham "snubbed" Cole on the touchline, leaving him "embarrassed", with Cole telling The Daily Telegraph: "I didn't want to play the game after that."

Remarkably, the antipathy between the pair endured when they were partnered together at Old Trafford, although things did boil over at half-time against Bolton in 1999.

Cole recalls how the pair were involved in a physical confrontation and said: "Teddy's come down the tunnel and said something to me and the mist came down and I went for him."

"I didn't get the opportunity because 'Skip' (Roy Keane) got hold of me and started having a go.

"And then 10 or 20 seconds later, Roy ends up having an argument with Teddy and goes for him himself."

Cole put the incident behind him in the second-half to score United's equaliser with five minutes remaining after Bob Taylor had put the Trotters in front on 60 minutes.

The Red Devils finished the season without a major trophy, although Cole did manage to top United's scoring charts with 25 goals.

Cole and Sheringham finally buried the hatchet in 2019 when a chance meeting allowed the pair to reflect – and repair – their often troubled relationship.

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