WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE TREBLE SEASON?
Cole finished the following campaign as United’s top scorer, netting more than 20 goals in all competitions for the third successive season and collecting his fourth Premier League winners’ medal in five seasons.
Injury restricted Coley’s appearances in 2000/01 but he still contributed 13 goals, including four in the Champions League which, at the time, made him United’s all-time leading scorer in Europe. That record has since been surpassed by Wayne Rooney.
But following Ruud van Nistelrooy’s arrival, our no.9 fell down the pecking order and moved to Blackburn Rovers midway through the 2001/02 campaign. He made an instant impact at Ewood Park, netting 13 goals in just 20 outings in the second half of the season – including a League Cup final winner against Tottenham.
Coley also went on to have short stints at Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Sunderland, as well as loan spells at Birmingham City and Burnley. He eventually brought his 19-year playing career to an end in November 2008, after spending a brief period at Nottingham Forest.
Since then, he has embarked on a coaching career, working with the forwards at MK Dons, Huddersfield Town and Macclesfield Town. He has also supported a number of charities, worked as a television pundit and is currently a club ambassador at United.