Former Man Utd star retires

Cole, who have made over 500 first team appearances, scored an impressive 229 goals in his 19-year career.

The 37-year-old decided to quit football after failing to land a first team spot at Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Cole said: “It’s not the ideal ending. It just wasn’t working out.

“I told them from the outset that I didn’t want to go there to sit on the bench because I didn’t want to be perceived as sitting back and making easy money.

“I wanted to go there and offer something.”

He added: “There’s always going to be the odd one, with me the way I am as a person, as a player.

“But I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve lived the dream.”