Barcelona legend Abidal gets Andy Cole mixed up with another United great

Eric Abidal

The ex France star got former Manchester United striker Cole mixed up with Dwight Yorke as he was watching Juventus and Real Madrid.

France and Barcelona legend Eric Abidal committed a fairly huge social media faux pas as he commentated on the Juventus versus Real Madrid match on Tuesday night.

The former defender, who retired from playing during the course of the season, was joined in the beINSports studio by a trio of former Premier League players. Ex Liverpool star Luis Garcia was one, and Real Madrid favourite Michel Salgado, who took in a spell at Blackburn, was also present, but Abidal couldn't quite get the right identity for the last former pro, calling former Manchester United and Newcastle United striker Andy Cole 'Dwight'.

He deleted the tweet later that night, but as the internet is so effective at doing, the moment had already been captured by the likes of Eurosport.

A clear reference to his old attacking partner, Cole and Dwight Yorke were of course a deadly double act for Manchester United in the late 1990s, with both strikers contributing plenty of goals as the Red Devils dominated under Sir Alex Ferguson. They were also great friends off the pitch, so Yorke may well give his former Old Trafford colleague a gentle rib regarding Abidal's slip up.

But Cole was the player who did the most damage in front of goal over his career, with his 41 goal season for Newcastle in 1994, and 271 total strikes in English football some way better than Yorke's total of 141 in the UK, so the Englishman could have been excused for being a little peeved at being mistaken for the Tobagonian.

Thankfully, Cole proved he had a sense of humour by favouriting Eurosport's retweet of the mistake, before posting  his own response to the former French international.

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