Kolkata, Dec 12: Dwight Yorke, one of the leading members of Manchester United’s treble-winning team under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1999, was present at East Bengal ground for Manchester United's fan party in India occasion.
The former striker was in Kolkata on a quick trip, with a purpose of campaigning for Manchester United in India. Another former South African footballer Quinton Fortune was also accompanying him on this tour.
Yorke, when asked about Wayne Rooney’s recent slump in form and his exit from the team’s first eleven in the recent matches, revealed he is hopeful of Manchester United and England captain’s come back.
Speaking about Rooney, the former Red Devils legend said: “Rooney is only 31 years old. He still has a lot of football to deliver. And the poor form that has crippled him in recent times is temporary.”
Yorke used the example of Tiger Woods while speaking on Rooney. He said: “Everybody thought Tiger would not be able to come back ever after recovering injury. But finally, the golf legend is coming back on the course. So why Rooney will not be able to regain his form?”
When asked about Manchester United’s poor form in the English Premier League this season, Yorke remarked: “The club has been going through a transition period. So it might take more time to settle down and produce its best on the pitch.”
Yorke had also watched Atletico De Kolkata’s semifinal victory over Mumbai City FC on Saturday, December 11.
He regretted saying: “Forlan was my friend. We had played together. I felt sorry after having watched he was being sent off with a red card in the semifinal match.”
The Manchester United legend expressed satisfaction after watching the craze for football in Kolkata. He said: “It is a good sign that the people are being crazy over the game. And regarding the second semifinal.
"I should say ATK must not be complacent after winning the first leg of the last eight. Football is unpredictable. Everything can change.”