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Man Utd legend Yorke: I was ready to quit football after Villa Cup final axe

Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke admits being axed for Aston Villa's 1994 Carling Cup win still burns.

Yorke insists the axing by Big Ron Atkinson was a career-shaping moment.

"A career-shaping moment arrived in the 1993-94 season when we fought our way through to the final," recalls Yorke to the Birmingham Mail.

"It should have been a highlight but it became one of the worst experiences of my career. I had figured in the team, largely playing as a wide midfielder, all the way through the route to the final and felt I had done well.

"I remember all the build-up so clearly, the excitement, and my thinking 'I'm going to play'.

"And then I remember settling in at the hotel team meeting, everyone but the established guys on a knife edge about whether they will be playing.

"Deep down I was confident of selection... but suddenly the team is read out and my name is missing. I was stunned. It hurt so much. I was never exactly sure why he left me out."

Atkinson's decision to omit Yorke was vindicated by Villa's victory - but the Trinidad striker was so disheartened that he considered quitting football.

"Villa won the game against Manchester United 3-1 - a result against the odds I must add as United had won the double the year before," he said.

"Nobody predicted that scoreline and for Ron that's all that matters. But it left me feeling badly hurt."

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