Andrew Cole Claims Manchester United's Treble Winners Would Beat Pep Guardiola's Manchester City
Manchester City could make history in the next month and win an unprecedented quadruple but Andrew Cole believes that him and his Treble winning teammates would beat Pep Guardiola's current side.
In the next few weeks we will really find out the mental ability and skill of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City team. Starting on Wednesday night against Cardiff City the Premier League champions potentially have 14 games left of the season.
To play that many games they would have to beat Brighton in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, then get past Spurs and either Juventus or Ajax to make the Champions League final.
If they pull that off and continue winning in the league then Guardiola's side could win a historic quadruple of league, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
There are lots of ifs and buts to come but should they pull it off then City would overtake rivals Manchester United's currently unbeaten Treble achievement from the 1998/99 season.
One of the most important members of that Treble winning season was Andrew Cole and the striker, who played for both United and City during his career, was on Sky Sports Monday Night football last night.
And the Premier League's third top scorer of all time reckons his side would beat the current City crop, saying:
"We have all the components to beat them.
"Football has changed a hell of a lot but I look at that United team and I genuinely believe we have all the tools to match anyone now."
The two sides play very different football with very different managers but a combined XI of the two sides would be an interesting one.
Cole himself would be battling with Dwight Yorke and Sergio Aguero to play in a combined team and there would be some very interesting selection choices in defence and midfield too.
Asked last night who the best player he ever played with was the former Newcastle United striker said, "That is a tough one. It is a toss-up for me between Roy and Scholesy. Never mind just (Roy's) leadership quality but he was top, top drawer.
"We all remember Juventus (in 1999 in the Champions League)) but that was just one of them. I'd go one of those two."
Do you think United of 99 or City of 19 would win a match between them?