Paul Scholes has made a surprising admission about former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, and his latest comments have resulted in loads of reactions from the Red Devils fan base.
Speaking on the official UTD Podcast, the club legend revealed his old teammate used to sulk if Arsenal striker Thierry Henry had scored, as the Dutchman was hellbent on becoming the best striker in the world.
Scholes said “I played No.10 with Ruud van Nistelrooy for a season and I loved it. “He’s just a ruthless, ruthless goalscorer. He just lived for scoring goals.”
“Whenever he did score or didn’t score, the first thing he would do when we got on the team bus after the game was see if Thierry Henry scored.”
He concluded “if Thierry Henry had scored he wouldn’t talk to anybody for the full trip home because he was so engrossed in being the leading goalscorer, not just at United but in the league, in the world, everywhere.”
After arriving at Old Trafford from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2001 for £25.65m, Van Nistelrooy went on to make over 200 appearances for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, scoring 150 goals, providing 22 assists, as well as winning the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup, before departing for La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2006 (Transfermarkt).
The ex-Dutch international is currently in charge of the U-19 youth team at his old Eredivisie club, and some United fans will be hoping the iconic goal machine will return to Manchester in some capacity in the future.
As expected, a large number of supporters responded to Scholes’ revelation on Twitter, with one dubbing the “ruthless” striker as an “absolute legend,” and another recognising the “elite mentality.”
Take a look at some of the best reactions down below…
— Howard (@Howard22040812) April 20, 2020
I miss this mentality at United.
— JK (@MGJ_UTD) April 20, 2020
Van Nistelrooy is the best pure striker United have had in the last 30 years. I’d pick him over any other striker we’ve had since 1990.
— David Schröder (@DavidSchroder) April 20, 2020
@RvN1776 is the best Striker we ever had. I still regret that he is not on the 07/08team.
— E (@Ericeiei) April 21, 2020
— Sujal Swain (@officialsujal10) April 21, 2020
— The Hairdryer Treatment (@FergiesXI) April 20, 2020
This should be kept in mind when considering Rooney’s “i’m not a natural goalscorer” comment yesterday.
Ruud was RUTHLESS.https://t.co/lAM3WdIvPc
— Steve-o (@stevebradygold) April 20, 2020
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