'I can see them being at United for many years'
Manchester United’s in-form striking trio has given Andy Cole reason to set his hopes high ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood contributed 62 goals in all competitions between them last term to cement a place as one of Europe's most prolific front-threes.
And, with Martial the oldest of the three at 24, our Treble-winning former no.9 sees no reason why they can’t improve further and fire the Reds to glory this season – and in future years.
“They’re all young and energetic and have got good pace and can score goals,” Cole told us prior to Soccer Aid for Unicef on Sunday.
“I can see them being at Manchester United for many years and hopefully with those guys contributing more goals, and from wide areas, then hopefully, this season, we’ll be up there trying to win some silverware.”
Cole, of course, knows just what it takes to be a top Manchester United striker, having netted 121 goals in 275 games during his time at Old Trafford.
However, as well as being an ice-cold finisher in front of goal, Cole was also a selfless team player, combining well with his strike-partners – most notably Dwight Yorke, with the pair claiming 52 goals between them in 39 starts together during that memorable 1998/99 season.
That understanding is something embodied by our current sharpshooters, says Cole: “If you have the opportunity to score goals and contribute towards the team and help your team-mates out, then do it.
“Being at Manchester United, you’ve got to be a team player. It’s not all about you as an individual scoring as many goals as possible, you’ve all got to muck in.
“They [the relationships] are key. And those three look like they have a very good relationship off the pitch as well.
“On the pitch is where it counts. You touched on me and Dwight there - that came from the heavens that partnership.
“I enjoy watching the boys playing up front now, they all look like they enjoy it and they look like they’re very close-knit when they play together now which is great to see.”