Guest blog entry from The Scout:
Van Nistelrooy Exits
by The Scout
Ruud van Nistelrooy drove away from Manchester United’s final game of the season against Charlton Athletic when he learned that he would be once again left out of the starting eleven.
One of the most prolific scorers in Red Devil history, the Dutchman was suspected to be playing his last game at Old Trafford as his relationship with the team has taken a downward turn since he was left out of the starting line-up for the Carling Cup final. Louis Saha has often been preferred to van Nistelrooy which have fueled rumours that a summer move is on the cards.
United posted an article on their website confirming that the
29-year-old left the ground ahead of the clash with Charlton, handing
Giuseppe Rossi his first start in the Premiership alongside Louis
Saha. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson was quoted in the article as saying
“There have been a couple of issues during the week that concerned me
in terms of the spirit at the club. On such an important day, I just
felt that Ruud should be left out.”
“It’s straightforward,” he added. “We’ll be discussing it with the
club’s directors tomorrow and Tuesday and that’s it.”
Speculation has linked van Nistelrooy with former club PSV Eindhoven
as well as AC Milan and Real Madrid.