Ruud van Nistelrooy: The story of Manchester United’s goal-scoring supremo

A nice profile of one of Manchester United’s greatest players

The Football Pink

BY KARAN TEJWANI

Ask any Premier League fan about the greatest forwards he or she has seen in their lifetime and a large majority of your responses will include the likes of Alan Shearer, Robbie Fowler, Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney, Thierry Henry or Luis Suárez. Very rarely will you come across a fan who brings up Ruud van Nistelrooy, a man who aced his job of leading the line and was a monster for defenders to come up against.

Perhaps it was the timing of van Nistelrooy’s reign of dominance that puts him in such relative anonymity; the era between Manchester United’s treble winning heroics – when the club were going through a dry spell in terms of trophies – and the emergence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney who spearheaded the club onto domestic and continental supremacy.

He would score them all: volleys, headers, tap-ins, penalties and wonderful solo…

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