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Monday, 3 February, 2003, 08:42 GMT
Yorke hits out at Ferguson
Blackburn forward Dwight Yorke
Yorke fell out of favour at Old Trafford
Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has claimed he was forced out of the club by manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The forward left United in July to join Blackburn Rovers after he fell out of favour at Old Trafford.

The 31-year-old was involved in a highly public relationship with glamour model Jordan.

And Yorke believes it was his lifestyle rather than his performances that eventually led to him falling out with Ferguson.

"He is 60 years of age and I'm sure when he was a player they settled down much earlier," he was quoted as saying in the Daily Mail

"But I've never felt that was the right thing for me to do.

"My relationship with Jordan was a big thing and every time we were spotted the picture got used on a Friday or Saturday when it was probably taken on a Tuesday.

"I've never been one to break the rules and go out the night before a game.

"After scoring 63 goals in three seasons I didn't become a bad player overnight. I feel I could still be playing for Manchester United, I really do."

The Trinidad and Tobago international also revealed that Ferguson put pressure on him to give up playing for his country.

"The manager did not want me to play in World Cup qualifiers," he added.

"For my first two years at United I gave up international football to establish myself at the club.

"Then politics came into play. In Tobago I had a stadium built in my name, so when they were trying to qualify for the World Cup there was no way I couldn't help them."

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