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Oct 16, 2009

Yorke: I couldn't have done a Tevez

Former Manchester united striker Dwight Yorke has insisted there is no way he would have taken the plunge like Carlos Tevez and left Sir Alex Ferguson's side for cash-rich rivals Manchester City.

• Premier League Heroes: Dwight Yorke

Tevez caused a huge stir in the north-west this summer when he rejected Sir Alex Ferguson's belated attempts to keep the Argentina star and instead joined the Abu Dhabi-backed Eastlands revolution.

Although Tevez has made himself an instant hero with the Blues faithful, the United fans who used to adore his all-action style have turned against him and produced an intensely negative reaction during the recent derby encounter at Old Trafford.

Yorke accepts the new-look City is a very different outfit from the one which faced him during his own time at United. However, he would never have abandoned the chase for honours by making the same move.

"Things have changed,'' said Yorke. "But I know when I was at the peak of my career there is no way I would have left the best team in the world. Manchester City are a big club. Yes, they have a lot of money now and you can see they are making an impact.

"But really there is no comparison. You want your name to be associated with a global giant. Manchester United is that club. There is nowhere else like it. And it is still that way.

"Everywhere I go, people acknowledge the fact I played for Manchester United. It affords you a privilege you would not get anywhere else.''

Although Yorke was only at United for a short time in a 20-year career that also encompassed spells with Aston Villa, Blackburn, Birmingham, Sydney FC and finally Sunderland, it is Old Trafford the mind instantly switches to.

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