Manchester United Hall Of Fame: Ruud Van Nistelrooy


Manchester United’s history is incomplete without naming a player who immersed his all during his active days on the field of play.

A force to reckon with during the club’s dominance over other Premier League clubs in the first decade of the 21st century, Ruud Van Nistelrooy was the beast.

Born on the 1st of July 1976 in Oss, Holland, Van Nistelrooy joined Manchester United in 2001 after lots of controversies between the Red Devils and PSV Eindhoven over his fitness level in 2002.

After joining the Old Trafford outfit, the Dutchman took little time to settle down into Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad as he was integrated into the starting lineup by the Scottish manager.

The striker immediately hit the ground as he scored in his first match against Liverpool in a community shield fixture. Though the Manchester club were defeated 2-1 by the Merseyside club to lift the trophy, his stamp was beginning to be made.

During his spell at the club, Nistelrooy was one of the best strikers in the world, having won the Premier League player of the season 2002 and 2003; Best European striker 2003 —after scoring 12 goals in the UEFA Champions League; and the Premier League golden boot in 2003 and 2004.

Though he moved out of Old Trafford in 2006 — five years after signing a £19m contract with the club — to join Real Madrid, Nistelrooy still remains a United legend.

Some of the trophies he won with the Red Devils include the Premier League in the 2002-03 season; FA Cup 2003-04 season; and the Football League Cup (now called the Carabao Cup) 2005-06.

He is currently the fourth-highest Champions League goalscorer having found the back of the net in 56 occasions before ending his successful playing career.

Due to his experience in the game, Nistelrooy was hired by PSV as their Youth team manager in 2013 up until now.

 

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