Following the signing of Ruud Van Nistelrooy in 2001, the former goal machine at United felt he was not being rated highly enough at the club and moved to Blackburn Rovers.
Yet Cole did not find the success at Ewood Park that he had enjoyed under Sir Alex Ferguson, nor did he at Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth or Sunderland after that.
The striker has since retired in 2008 but said of that time, “I regret leaving.”
“If I hadn’t been so headstrong and stubborn I could have stayed. I wasn’t playing regularly but leaving was the wrong decision.”