Ruud van Nistelrooy “really proud” to manage in front of former boss Alex Ferguson

Ruud van Nistelrooy says he felt “really proud” to manage PSV in front of former boss Sir Alex Ferguson against Rangers.

Van Nistelrooy and Ferguson worked together for five years at Manchester United and enjoyed a good relationship for the vast majority of that time.

However, things went sour in 2006 when the Dutchman took offence at being dropped by the Scot. He made his feelings clear and ultimately left for Real Madrid.

Years later, he rang Ferguson to apologise for how he’d behaved at the time, and it now looks like they’ve buried the hatchet, with Van Nistelrooy saying how proud he was to manage PSV in front of his former coach, who was in attendance for the match with Rangers.

“Sir Alex Ferguson came down to say hello to me and Gio [van Bronckhorst],” the PSV manager said after the match as per De Telegraaf.

“He thought it was a nice game, a fight between two footballing teams, who play full on the attack. He thought it was nice to see me along the line as a coach at Ibrox. I was very proud that he was there.

“Nice to see him again. As a player, I learned an incredible amount from him. If you are going to work as a trainer yourself, you also look back at how the coaches you have had as a player did things. He’s a huge example to me.”

The Dutchman posted a photo of the two of them together after the match on his social media pages.


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