‘Dwight Yorke went off the rails after Man Utd treble – success got to him’

Winning the Treble in 1999 sent former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke off the rails according to former England and Red Devils masseur Rod Thornley.

The 1998/99 season will forever be remembered as the first time an English side claimed an historic treble, with Sir Alex Ferguson and co winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.

Under Ferguson, United managed to pip Arsenal to the league title by a point, beat Newcastle 2-0 in the FA Cup final and produce the greatest comeback in Champions League final history, scoring two goals in injury time through Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to beat Bayern Munich in Camp Nou.

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That season, Yorke played an instrumental part in helping the Red Devils earn their treble, which could be matched this term by rivals Manchester City.

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The striker bagged a whopping 29 goals in 48 games for the club, which includex eight in the Champions League leaving him tied with Andriy Shevchenko for the competition's golden boot that term.

However, while he did score 20 league goals the following season, Yorke's performances began to decline after that, something which Thornley, who was a masseur at Old Trafford between 2000 and 2019, believes was due to his party lifestyle.

And speaking to the Undr the Cosh podcast, Thornley revealed the former Manchester United forward certainly enjoyed himself after the 99 treble win, perhaps maybe a bit too much.

"Right, Dwight, so he's [coming] off the back of a treble win," said Thornley when asked about how Yorke was during his time at the club.

"I would say about Dwight, he's the one person I watched in the whole time I was at Man United that the level of success proper got to him. He went from Villa, to us, to winning everything and he would come in with yellow eyes like so many days.

"He just loved a party. F***ing hell, a great, great lad honestly, a great lad but f***ing hell, he absolutely went off the rails after winning everything.

"You could see it physically, he wasn't as good on the pitch – you could see it physically just in his eyes, the amount of days he came in with yellow eyes was ridiculous.

"The gaffer knew everything, Sir Alex knew everything. He knew what was going on with every single player at all times, he was so on the ball."


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