Neil Ruddock recalls horror tackle that left Andy Cole with two broken legs during Liverpool v Manchester United game

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'I didn't like him'

On Halloween, see what the man known as 'Razor' remembered about the horror challenge in a reserve game back in 1996

Neil Ruddock admits his horror tackle on Andrew Cole, which broke both of the former Manchester United striker’s legs, was a tad strong – but he loved it all the same.

The former defender played for United’s great rivals, Liverpool between 1993 and 1998 and won the League Cup with the Reds in 1995.

And speaking to talkSPORT in 2010, the man nicknamed ‘Razor’, revealed he relished facing Cole.

“Basically, I loved kicking Andrew Cole,” he said.

Former Liverpool defender Neil Ruddock said he loved ‘playing’ against Andy Cole and in one bruising encounter, the man known as ‘Razor’ broke both of the Man United striker’s legs

Former Liverpool defender Neil Ruddock said he loved ‘playing’ against Andy Cole and in one bruising encounter, the man known as ‘Razor’ broke both of the Man United striker’s legs

“I know this is not big and it’s not clever, but in one tackle I did break both of his legs,” he explained in reference to a reserve game between Liverpool and Manchester United in 1996.

At the time the Liverpool stopper protested innocence, though not many people believed him, including Cole, who was not impressed by his opponent’s recklessness.

It meant Cole, who joined United in January 1995, would have to spend the first few months of the season on the sidelines, though he still managed to play 20 games of the 1996/97 season and score six Premier League goals.

“I didn’t mean to break both of his legs if I’m honest,” Ruddock continued. “I only meant to break one… it wasn’t even a free-kick, it was ‘play on’.

Ruddock celebrates Liverpool’s 1995 League Cup success with Jamie Redknapp

Ruddock celebrates Liverpool’s 1995 League Cup success with Jamie Redknapp

“It was excellent because he let the ball run past him and I absolutely destroyed him. Again, I know it’s not big and it’s not clever, but it was great.”

Asked if there was a particular reason why he didn’t like Cole, he said: “I’m great friends with Teddy Sheringham and if Teddy Sheringham didn’t like him, then I don’t like him.”

It’s true, the former Man United team-mates don’t get on and in 2010, Cole told the Independent, “I would rather sit down and have a cuppa with Neil Ruddock than with Teddy Sheringham, who I’ve pretty much detested for the past 15 years.”

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