Meet the player Man Utd loaned to rivals Man City during treble-winning season

When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer notched that famous goal against Bayern Munich in 1999, it was the moment the Class of '92 cemented themselves in history.

Of course, Solskjaer wasn't part of that now gilded in gold age group – he had been purchased from Molde. But you know the names by now: Gary Neville, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, they all started the game.

One name, long-forgotten from that honour role, might have been casting envious eyes from not too far away that May evening. Terry Cooke, who had been highly rated at United, spent the treble-winning season on loan at local rivals Manchester City.

Cooke had impressed when he first made the move to the senior squad, but soon struggled for appearances.

A handful of loan spells didn't help either as his more famous classmates earned rave reviews at Old Trafford, Cooke struggled at Wrexham. But it was at the Welsh side he was spotted by City boss Joe Royle.

Royle took the bold move to bring Cooke to the blue half of Manchester on loan. Cooke said: “The fans sang my name, which was surprising as I’d just come from United. The team spirit in that City side was the best I’d known, a dressing room full of characters.”

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City, at the time, were in the third division and struggling. So as the Red Devils swept up their famous treble – the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League – Cooke was involved in a promotion dogfight in the third tier.

But such were Cooke's performances at City, that his loan was turned permanent at the end of the season.

Four days after Solskjaer completed United's incredible turnaround against Bayern Munich, Cooke and City were at Wembley.

In perhaps the biggest game of City's modern history, the the Sky Blues faced Gillingham in the play-off final for a spot in the Championship. Cooke started the game, and he notched a penalty from the spot during the crucial shoot-out.

That penalty shoot-out would have never happened if Paul Dickov didn't have his 'Aguero' moment with a 95th-minute equaliser.

Cooke eventually left the blue half of Manchester in 2002 to begin a journeyman career that eventually led him stateside.

As one of the newly-rebranded MLS' first foreign exports, Colorado Rapids snapped up Cooke a couple of seasons before his former team-mate David Beckham become the poster boy of the league.

Cooke called time on his playing days in 2011, after a short, but bizarre spell, in Azerbaijan.

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