Shearer: Yorke Got My Vote

Date Published: 
1999-05-20
Source: 
4TheGame.com

Alan Shearer has warned his Newcastle team-mates they must stop Dwight Yorke if they are to have any chance of lifting the FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday.

Yorke has taken Manchester United to the brink of an unprecedented Treble with his goalscoring exploits this season following his £12.6million move from Aston Villa.

Alex Ferguson's men completed part one of the trilogy on Sunday when they regained the Premiership title and now only Newcastle stand in the way of their third Double in six years.

Trinidad and Tobago international Yorke has bagged 29 goals this season to top the Premiership scoring charts, with his eight goals in European competition helping the Old Trafford outfit reach the final of the Champions' Cup.

Shearer was so impressed by Yorke's performances this season that he voted for his fellow striker in the PFA Player of the Year award.

Yorke was pipped by Tottenham's David Ginola, who also picked up the Football Writers' Association honour, but the England captain is in doubt as to his rival's ability.

He said: "I think he's a tremendous player. He's not only a goalscorer, he's a team player, he's great for other people, he works his socks off for the side.

"I admire him. I think he's linked up very, very well with everyone. Not just with Andy Cole, but with everyone there. He's a good player, he'll be a threat, there's no doubt about that."

And Shearer, who himself cost Newcastle a cool £15million from Blackburn, is also impressed with the way the Manchester United hitman has handled the pressure of his own big-money move.

The expectation placed on Yorke's shoulders and the belief that he could lead United to elusive European glory would have weighed heavily on lesser players.

But the confident and ebullient striker has more than delivered and has swiftly established himself as a favourite of the Old Trafford faithful.

Shearer said: "The price tag was going to be a big thing but he's handled that and he's taken everything in his stride for one of the biggest clubs in the world and that can't be easy.

"I know him quite well and I know what kind of character he is. He's so laid back."

But the Newcastle skipper is also adamant that his side will not be at Wembley just to make up the numbers as Manchester United continue their relentless pursuit of silverware.

The memories of last season's 2-0 defeat by Arsenal are still clear in Shearer's mind and he is determined to put that miserable afternoon at the Twin Towers behind him.

He said: "We're not just turning up for Manchester United to beat us. There is a firm belief in this camp that we can go to Wembley and win it.

"They are capable of being beaten, there's no doubt about that. They'll give you chances and they've conceded more goals than Arsenal this year so it's whether we can take those chances or not."

One thing for certain is that Ruud Gullit's team must keep Yorke under wraps, otherwise the striker is likely to increase his already impressive goals tally.