ANDY COLE revealed he has considered "giving up" as he lifted the lid on his battle against kidney failure.
The Manchester United legend fell ill in 2015 after contracting a virus while on tour in Vietnam as a club ambassador.
Cole's life was left at risk after his kidney function dropped to just seven per cent of the usual capacity.
He underwent a transplant in 2017 after his nephew stepped forward as a donor.
But the five-time Premier League winner has revealed he is still struggling daily as a result of the illness.
During an interview with The Guardian, the 48-year-old said: "There are many, many times when I want to give up, period, not just on life but give up on everything.
"It becomes so difficult. I was struggling last Wednesday.
"It totally came out of the blue and I had to stay in bed.
"I conceded defeat and accepted that today's not going to be my day.
"Previously, I would fight. But ultimately, I know I can't beat it."
He added: "The past five years have been a s*** storm.
"When I met you in October 2018 the biggest s*** storm was starting."
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