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Ex-Man Utd pals Cole, Sheringham resume hostilities

Former Manchester United teammates Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham will clash again today at Turf Moor.

Cole will be sitting on the Burnley bench just a few feet from his old foe Sheringham in the Colchester dugout. Both will be subs this afternoon - but do not expect any emotional reunions when they warm up.

The ex-Manchester United team-mates have not spoken for almost 10 years - since Sheri blamed Cole for Bolton scoring against United in 1998.

And Sheringham's Colchester team-mate Kevin Lisbie is not expecting a heartwarming reconciliation today.

Lisbie said: "I don't know the full details of their argument but if they have gone this long without speaking I wouldn't expect them to start now.

"I don't think either player will be too bothered by it. Both are Premier League legends who have enjoyed fantastic careers and I reckon they've probably got more important things to worry about."

Cole and Sheringham played together at United for three years after their spat and Lisbie added: "That's how stubborn us footballers are. When I was at Charlton, I had a disagreement with Paolo di Canio on the training ground and we never spoke again, although we played together no problem.

"People might think it's a bit weird and not good for team spirit but playing football's just like any job - you're never going to get on with everyone you work with.

"People in offices and factories fall out and don't speak all the time. Football's no different. I'd say most clubs have players who don't talk to each other."

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