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28/01/2014 10:15, Report by Adam Marshall

Yorke surprised by Ole

Dwight Yorke admits he is surprised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned to management in his retirement but is certain his former Manchester United team-mate will receive a rapturous reception at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The Cardiff City boss returns to his former club for the first time as a rival manager after moving from Molde to succeed Malky Mackay.

Although Sir Alex Ferguson noted how Solskjaer would analyse games from the substitutes' bench, fellow Treble-winner Yorke confesses he did not envisage coaching being a future career for his former team-mate.

"I didn't see it as a player," he told ManUtd.com. "I didn't see that happening to him. Clearly, he had other ideas. He is a very cool, calm and collected person. There will be no ranting and raving like other managers with Ole. I wish him every success as he's a great guy and, hopefully, he can be a good manager in the future."

Yorke believes the focus will still be on accruing three important points once the first whistle sounds despite the respect that will be paid to the Norwegian. In the wake of the Capital One Cup exit to Sunderland, the supporters' priority will be backing the team for 90 minutes rather than saluting a returning hero.

"Undoubtedly, he will get a great reception," added the Tobagan during the Trophy Tour presented by DHL. "I think that will be the case but we need to get more points in the bag. Ex-players go back and get a warm reception but it soon turns around straight after that. We welcome them in but need the three points."

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