Where did it all go wrong for Ruud Van Nistelrooy?

Ollie Irish

19th, July 2006


It’s been widely reported that Ruud Van Nistelrooy is about to be sold to Real Madrid. Alex Ferguson claimed yesterday that he’d turned down a bid from Real for RVN but it seems the Spanish giants may come back with a better offer. It’s easy to forget that we’re talking about a striker who has scored 150 goals in five years for Manchester United. The bloke is one of the best finishers in the world, yet Fergie seems desperate to offload him, for the right price. There are two obvious reasons for this:

1) RVN and Cristiano Ronaldo don’t get on – and Alex Ferguson would rather keep the young winger.

2) Man U want a lot of cash to fund a huge bid for Fernando Torres; the longer RVN stays at Old Trafford, the harder it becomes for Torres to move to Old Trafford.

Where did it all go wrong for Ruud Van Nistelrooy? continued…

Am I alone in thinking that RVN has been shafted here? This is one of Man Yoo’s greatest ever forwards, up there with the likes of Denis Law and Eric Cantona. It’s not like RVN suddenly lost form. He was just dropped, ruthlessly.

RVN may now take the side door used by Paul Ince, Jaap Stam, David Beckham and Roy Keane before him – just another big name whose time at the Theatre of Dreams ended abruptly and without a whole lot of dignity.

I know several Mancs who would prefer it if Ferguson left the club, rather than Van Nistelrooy. Do you agree or do you think Fergie is right to want rid of his 30-year-old Dutchman?

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  1. Saq says:

    As a United fan i feel a bit disappointed but word on the street is that Ruud put in a transfer request before the FA Cup final v Arsenal. There are also rumours flying about that he’s also been quite a dysfunctional influence in the dressing room last year. If United get a quality striker I wont be complaining (i.e Toni, Ibrahimovic, Torres, Gilardino)

  2. Jezza says:

    Ibrahimovic? I hope that was a joke, I really do.
    From a strictly financial point of view, there probably won’t be a better time to offload the equine-featured one. You’re not going to get much cash for a striker over the age of 30. And if Ruud really does end up at Real Madrid (which I doubt), it’s a win-win situation.
    Having said that, the number of players to have departed from Old Trafford in a huff has reached an alarming level. But Fergie was never known for his smooth talk, was he?