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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Van Nistelrooy feelings about his situation

Manchester United's main striker Ruud van Nistelrooy feels he has been betrayed by Sir Alex Ferguson.

That is the opinion of the Dutch forward’s close friend Wim van Hanegem, who has told a local newspaper of the problems the player has been going through with his club manager this season.

"In fact, the departure of Roy Keane had a massive impact on Ruud," van Hanegem confess. "In the dressing room Ruud openly sided with Keane when Ferguson decided to separate the player from the club.

"Because of Ruud's passion and determination he would not keep his mouth shut. Ruud can go far, sometimes too far and that has worked against him at his club."

The fans supposed that Van Nistelrooy and Ferguson had a solid relationship after the Scot helped the player overcome injury when he was still at PSV Eindhoven, yet things have evidently changed.

"However, Ruud was completely overwhelmed by Sir Alex when he first got to know him. When Ruud got injured the first time he was going to move from PSV Eindhoven to United, Ferguson kept in touch with him all the time," added van Hanegem.

"But now Ruud has come to realise, I hope, that Ferguson's caring had nothing to do with a human touch. It was just because Ruud was a world-class striker and Ferguson was desperate to get his services.

"Well, now Ruud has found out the hard way. He has also realised that Ferguson has a funny way of ditching his biggest stars. He saw what happened to David Beckham, Jaap Stam and Roy Keane."