Yorke was a team-mate in Manchester United's Treble-winning campaign of 1999.
He told The Sun: “He has always had that.
“I only learned after the European Cup final in 1999 that he had phoned a friend beforehand and told them he felt something special was going to happen for him that night.
“How did he know that?
“Yet every time he came on the pitch he looked like someone who was going to make something happen — and usually he did. He was a rare breed.
“He would probably accept he was fourth choice among the strikers at the club when I arrived, with Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole already there.
“There were even rumours that he was going to join Spurs.
“But he was determined to stay at United. He understood he was not going to be first choice but when any opportunity came he was going to take it."