Alex Ferguson forced Dwight Yorke to turn to drinking

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Manchester Utd striker failed to cope with being blacklisted


Thanks to three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a Champions League, Dwight Yorke undoubtedly enjoyed the best days of his career at Manchester Utd. The Trinidad and Tobago striker, however, has revealed that he also endured some of his darkest days at the club.

After a high profile relationship with vacuous publicity whore glamour model Jordan put him in the media spotlight for the wrong reasons, Yorke fell out with Ferguson, who attempted to ship him off to Middlesbrough.

The striker felt encouraged when Sir Alex announced his intention to retire, but when he subsequently retracted that intention, Yorke turned to the bottle. He claims he spent his final three months at Old Trafford getting tanked while watching his colleagues on the TV:

“I started to drink again. I wasn’t an alcoholic. But it helped to ease the loneliness. I was like a zombie.

“I’d call my mates and go out in an effort to try to forget what was happening but it could not fill the emptiness inside me. No matter how I tried, I couldn’t get Fergie to change his mind about me and that only added to the frustration.”

Yorke’s comments come from his autobiography, Born To Score. If you wish to read more about his adventures on the field and in the sack, you can pick up a copy when it is released on Friday.

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