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Ruud van Nistelrooy's 25 Questions with Gary Neville | Overlap Xtra
- Published on Mar 22, 2023 veröffentlicht
- My old teammate and Dutch goalscoring legend Ruud van Nistelrooy takes on my questions on The Overlap, brought to you by SkyBet.
Ruud managed 25 goals in his golden boot winning season in 2002/03 at Manchester United, so it felt like a fitting tribute to pick 25 questions for him on our walk in Eindhoven where he manages PSV.
We chat about his best ever goal, manager and pre match meal; as well as music, parties and the hardest defender he's faced in his career.
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Joaquin or Roy Keane? 😂
No word of a lie, that part had me slowly falling off my chair laughing - *HILARIOUS* 😩😩😩
Gary is one of a kind hahah
well...Joaquin is an alphabetical combo of Keane and his favorite word "Job"!
I just imagined Spaniard version of Roy
@Matthew McRowan 🤣🤣🤣🙈
150 goals in 219 appearances for United. Says it all really. He was a phenomenal goalscorer absolutely ruthless
Would have been our all time top scorer if he stayed
one of the best poachers ever to play the game tbh - coming from an arsenal fan
Fully agree mate with gritted teeth 😬 he was world class i say that an I'm a Liverpool fan
Especially the defenders he played against at that time.Rude is just exceptional
Sounds like he's really chilled and philosophical about how it ended at United. Picking Sir Alex and Ronaldo without skipping a beat. Absolute legend.
I think he just wants to save his image by saying that. When asked if he prefers Ronaldo or Messi, he said : "I always says Ronaldo because I have a past with him". He implies he doesn't mean Ronaldo is better than Messi. Hiding his true thought is no proof of a respectful person.
sir alex really rated ruud so i guess the feeling was mutual. pretty sure he picked up a seriously bad injury and sir alex still wanted him.
@Sean Fray He did. Think it was a knee injury that kept him out for months, if not a whole season. But Sir Alex waited to see how he'd recover and then signed him. The problems came later. Sir Alex showed him the door because of his apparent behaviour towards Ronaldo, who was obviously United's new golden boy. How be left United played on Ruud's mind for a few years and he eventually rang Sir Alex to apologise and that simple act fixed their relationship.
What a nonsense comment. You think to deep man
Loved Ruud. I remember his bad knee injury before signing for Utd, Fergie rang him almost daily for a year until he got fit again, then signed him. That paid off as Ruud loved him for it. A real goal-scorer in any era.
Theres that video of him going down in agony if i remember correctly. Not a lot of players come back from that type of knee injury either. Great player.
You just reminded me of that injury. I remember that. What a legend Ruud was.
Huge respect to Ruud. He often gets forgotten in greatest striker debates. He was the quintessential number 9. An absolute menace in and around the penalty area. From a Newcastle fan.
Cheers for letting us know you're a Newcastle fan.
I don't think this is true, I really don't. I've never seen a Premier league greatest debate without him being mentioned.
@Gage Felstead shearer, cantona, henry, cristiano, drogba .. there are so many who get mentioned instead / more often then ruud .. i do think there have certainly been overall better ones BUT ruud was definetly a beast. im from germany and when he signed for hamburg it was a huge deal here ( same with raul for schalke ). i know so many people who just started watching hamburg games or atleast highlights because of him and he delivered well. great awareness and instincts, great finishing with heavy strikes. and man this interview definetly made me a bigger fan of him, seems like such a cool guy.
@Michael Fellner Maybe it's just with me living in the Uk then bud. I don't think I've ever watched one video about premier league greats/strikers without Van Nistelrooy being included & spoke about. Incredible player, and hopefully has a very successful managerial career
RM fan here. Yes he wasn't at RM as long as he was with MU, but he's an RM legend to me. After R9 but before KB9, he surely was one of the best No.9 RM ever had.
My favourite ever striker. People forget that "Van Nistelrooy or Henry" was a genuine debate and then he went to Madrid and won them their first league title in years, brilliant player
it was a half debate because henry was clear by a mile but van nistelrooy was a great finisher, and tbf did beat him to the golden boot in 1 season at least
As a teenage United fan at the time I always knew I was deluding myself by putting him in Henry's level. Very good striker, Ruud, but a level below Henry
It was a genuine debate *ONLY* for United fans
The Brazilian Ronaldo and Henry were the only strikers better than v. Nistelrooy during his time at United
The fact that United waited a year on an injured striker said all we needed to know about how much they rated this guy. He didn’t disappoint.
I remember seeing it on the news as a young Gooner thinking “wow he has a huge injury. The video is nasty. But Fergie still wants him!.” Fergie knew
Fergie did make a couple bad signings alright but more times than not he nailed it, ruud is in his top 3 signings for me
although he did ..
No mate, he most certainly did NOT disappoint, he missed a peno big deal
Was a strange video when he got injured tho, looked staged
When he mentioned the AC Milan back four, I got chills. Even the best players in the world today backed by Pep's tactics would be miserable vs that back four 🤕
AC Milan fans always loved Dutch players. Huge respect for Ruud, the striker who gathered and extended the Marco Van Basten's legacy. 🙌
Van Basten was the most complete striker though...a level above Ruud...
As I die hard Arsenal fan of 35 years .. I have a huge respect watching this .. for the years of fierce battles and rivalry, it almost feel like watching family
Yeah Gooner here these guys had passion and fight incredible matches against these guys
For a 4, 5 year period at man utd he was absolutely lethal in front of goal. Great player and good guy.
Judes I echo every bit of this comment
those were the days hey...from a UTD fan!! Thee best PL rivalry.
Yea Idk why this is making me happy, I really thought I hated this guy haha
Funny how people forget how he had a formidable career at Real Madrid after United. Him and Raul formed a formidabel striking partnership beating prime Ronaldinho, Eto’o, Deco etc for the La Liga title
His all around play is criminally underrated. He was so good with his back to goal, bringing others in to play and relieving pressure.
Adored him as a red. The fact everyone else hated him so much only made me love him more.
Hé understand the game very well. I think ruud will become an Amazing coach.
RVN was the definition of clinical. What a striker
he was very clinical, I'm a Liverpool fan and I truely don't feel United have had a striker at Ruud's level since he left? Elite
Not as good as Mo Salah
@Colonel Kurtz RVP
@T F Quite different players mate. Salah has performed at a very high level for years now, and can't be ignored. RVN was deadly, but needed the service a bit more than Salah, who has the ability to create for himself. Both great players, but in different ways.👍
In my opinion RVN and Romario are the definition of Elite Level Finishers what players they were
These top Dutch players have a certain classy, humble way about them.. I.e. bergkamp, rvp, rvn, stam etc. full respect
What an absolute legend. People forget how good Ruud actually was. He has to be one of the best ever strikers United and the Premier League ever
The player who made me fell in love with football. Thank you Ruud for all the memories. Legend.
underrated Ruud. Netherlands created so many wonderful strikers at that moment like Ruud, Makaay, Kluivert, Hasselbaink, Hoijdonk and so on. Ruud was smth different.
nobody underrated him. He was a super striker in a time of wonderful strikers. Maybe he was not as good as Ronaldo Nazario or Henry, but he was a phenomenal player at the same level than Schevchenko, Crespo or Vieri
Tears in my eyes, man. Ruud is a legend.
one of the greatest strikers in the PL, 4 out of the 5 seasons he scored 20 league goals or more. Fantastic striker and excellent career
What about Mo Salah then?
@Ibrahim’77 What's your point ?
How about Salah scoring 20+ in 6 seasons in a row? Levels beyond this chap using YOUR logic may i add ;)
@Ibrahim’77 🙄 "one of"
Even on youtube the twitter meme about liverpool fans is proven true 😂
Ruud picking Cristiano Ronaldo and appreciating his penalty skills is really a treat when you know that Ronaldo has said that during his early days at United, Ruud had shouted at him for showboating with the ball on the wing when he should be passing (to the striker - Ruud) or scoring. There is an interview out there where CR7 has said that this made him reflect on his play style and change for the better.
Met him in Manchester airport. Had all the time in the world to sign autographs.
I was the only one to go up and ask him and he laughed and he came over to our group and signed the rest.
What a class act. So talented, top professional, role model. Seems like a really nice bloke too. We miss you Ruud! Come back to England and manage Bristol Rovers 👍🏻👍🏻
Was gutted when he was pushed out. Phenomenal player who had so many more years at united. Guaranteed goal machine. Should never have let go of him.
What an unbelievable striker. My dad’s all time hero is Denis Law, and he says Ruud was the closest we’ve ever had to replicating him, and for Dave to say that is a testament to just how good Ruud was. More than a goal every other game for United (and Real), I’d argue that he could have been our all time scorer had he stayed a few more years. RUUUUUUDDDDDD
It is crazy how the ONLY goal he scored outside the box was against Charlton Athletic. Every other goal was inside the box, a real definition of a poacher. There was no better day in FPL when you had Henry AND Van Nistelrooy as your strikers. Mega.
Like Haaland now
was charlton though 😊
People forget that he also dribbled from inside his own half line past 4 defenders to score the goal he mentions against Fulham
@we were decent back then mate, bit harsh.
One of my favourite United players growing up. How did we not win more trophies during his time at the club?
Top class player! And the players he mentioned and played with, gives me goosebumps. You don't get that these days
Elite player. Truly elite. Never gets talked about among the PL greats but he is up there.
Legend, we should have won so much more with him at United. Cool guy.
Talk about "the loved enemy". Loved everything about this man, even in a United shirt. Even followed up on his transfer to Man UTD. Watched almost every international game he played, even friendlies. Followed him at Madrid (had some love for them already before though), then slightly at Malaga. Was very glad for that pen miss against us in that infamous moment (had quite some mixed feelings that day though, to be honest). Loved him then, even more now ( listening to him talk........ heavenly. God bless you, "Ruud Boy" (as I and my guys used to call him then).
As a Liverpool fan is pains me to admit... but I was extremely jealous of Utd have this goal monster. What a fantastic player he was.
Tbf you lot had torres and Suarez
@S K We did... But that was after Ruud left Utd. At that time we had Cisse and Baros. Torres didn't sign for us until 07 and I think RVN left for Madrid the year before.
@jaytee444444 Did you not see Fowler at Liverpool? He was a very similar player
@James Thomas Did I not see Fowler? Fowler is God! Of course I saw him. I also saw Rush, Aldridge, Dalglish, Barnes and Beardsley. What's your point?
That doesn't take away what a special player RVN was and I along with the majority of other LFC fans would have loved him at Anfield.
I love rvn and I support liverpool. Rivalry is set aside for greatness.
When he started speaking about that AC Milan line, I got instant flashbacks. What a defence that was, must've been absolutely terrifying.
Watching these 2 legends walking casually, chatting with fun, bringing up throwbacks is quit enjoyable 😊
Favourite United player of all time. Almost guaranteed a goal every time he played. Monster! ❤
Indeed one of the greatest striker in history of football
That Milan defence/team was outrageous. Jaap Stam is so underrated in the sense that people often bring up Maldini and Nesta. But Jaap was also so essential for that Milan team and before that for United.
Sir Alex has admitted that moving him on when he did was a huge mistake. I think he might even have said it was his biggest regret as a manager. The man was incredible.
I'm pretty sure Ronaldo has nightmares about Cafu chewing gum and grinning on that wing. I've never seen anyone totally mute Ronaldo like Cafu did, and he was probably way into his 30s at that point.
Didnt win much though! Super Copa Italiana literally the smallest trophy to win during that defence period. AC Milan's defence was stacked on paper but didnt get results as in major trophies. Plus they were involved in Calcipoli during that period in Seria A and Coppa Italia.
Cafu stam nesta maldini
C'mon man put some respect on cafus name
@naville lol wut😅
Ruud was proper goalscorer. Massive respect for this guy
The world doesnt create strikers like this anymore.. What a player he was.. Scoring consistently wherever he goes.
Some weird looking kid from Norway seems to be doing pretty well lately
@S. - haha.. people call him cheat code... let's wait and watch if he can be as consistent
What a gentleman and a United legend. I will always remember as a kid seeing that celebration on his knees at the Stretford End. Pure passion, and lethal goalscorer
The man who made me fell in love with United. His rivalry with Henry for EPL golden boot was nice to watch
This man made me love football. Really appreciate what you’ve done for the game. Hala Madrid.
I was in the stadium when he scored that unreal half way line run goal against Fulham, in 2003. My most cherished live football memory; thank you Ruud.
Was never as good as Mo Salah
@T F for chelsea or liverfool😅😂😂 ruud only got red running through him
@T F 🤦🏼♂️
Me too! My one and only time eseeing the boys live.. that’s the only goal I can remember from that day, even though we won 3-1 ? 4-1??
Gotta love those special occasions. I was at White Hart Lane when we beat Spurs 4-0, van der Sar got injured with all subs used and John O'Shea saved 1 on 1 with Robbie Keane. We made such a ruccus in the first half that we got denied beer at half time, probably wise decision looking back. Loved that game, we never paused singing, whenever a song stopped we sang the calypso.
Love the respect he had for Stam, such a great player
My childhood hero my love for United he was responsible for, my legend, my hero my icon! Ruud Van Nistelrooy! ❤
It would really be harsh if I don’t comment after being a greatest Ruud Van nistelrooy fan..what a phenom he was..Love from India ❤
Love to see Ruud still has love for Madrid 💟 We Real fans still remember him fondly
What a legend ❤️
My respect for him as a Cristiano fan after this interview 📈📈📈
he did ronaldo dirty by saying chose him coz he has played with him lol
I thought he left united after a falling out with Ronaldo etc, had that impression he would have been bitter against both Ronaldo and Fergie, but it really isn't the case, he speaks VERY highly of the both of them and holds respect too. What a great guy, comes across very grounded and pleasant
no matter which club he leaves, he conducts himself gracefully, not like these conts out now
He has class. No Piers Morgan interview for Ruud.
@Scott123 no disrespect and lack of empathy during a tough personal time for rudd aswell
I noticed that too especially since he picked ronaldo to take the penalty of his life
Agreed. Rumours at the time were he wanted Ronnie to cross to him, and Ronnie wanted to shoot. There was a fight between the 2 at Carrington , and Fergie had to choose to keep one and sell one. He sold Ruud, and kept Ronnie.
Loved van Nistelrooy, always gave 100% on the pitch for United. Wish him all the best at PSV.
one of the best players to have ever worn the real madrid jersey! loved how he played for us and goal scoring record was great too, unfortunate with alot of injuries
Ruud Van Nistelrooy: What a legend!
I still feel so blessed to have seen him play live (and you too Gary) when United came to Seattle in 2003. He scored a typical goal that day: taking the ball on the turn with a center-back draped all over him, but he was too quick and strong. One touch to turn and one to fire home at the near post. Bang. One of my favorite childhood memories.
My favorite striker of all time. I'm glad he shared the story with his grandfather, it really makes alot of sense when you remember how Ruud played, not much flash, just hard work and determination.
It really sucks he missed out on the 2010 WC, that generation was so close to finally winning, with Sneijder, Robben, V. Persie, and co. I feel like Ruud could have added that little extra finishing touch that the Netherlands needed against Spain.
IMO This lad would have destroyed all Premiership goal scoring records if he hadn't moved to Madrid.
EDIT IMO Haaland is the greatest striker that's ever played in the Premiership.
Ronaldo came and took his shine. CR7 wasn't always supplying him and when he took offense, everyone sided with the future of the club. He ended up moving to real madrid. Then when kaka and ronaldo came, he forced a move again. I believe he had such a huge ego around that time but who could blame him when he was such an elite striker. He seems to have learned from that moment. Quite surprised with how humble he comes off here. Great player
@Abdulkadir Adow, wasn't just him as well. It was Rooney as well, if you read SAF's autobiography. He wanted to make Rooney the main man, so this came at RVN's expense, as he thrived off a 4-5-1 formation.
If he wasn't injured he would have been at United a year early too if I remember.
There are quite a few players with better goal ratios than him
@GIBBO4182 played in a front 2 though
What a player!! I love him! Just imagine his goalscoring record if he'd have stayed longer.
Dude is so calm and cheerful. Absolute juggernaut of a striker, loved him!
Favourite memory of him was that celebration after scoring against Arsenal after missing the penalty previously. What a striker he was, and that Vodafone kit is still my favourite
What a wonderful player he was! He will always be fondly remembered as one of the greatest strikers of the beautiful game. Ruuuuuuuud :)
My absolute favorite striker growing up. What a man! Legend!
Kids these days will never understand how good Ruud was.
Previous Generation saw Van Basten, the one before saw Muller. This one sees Haaland, so everyone had a similar player in their era.
Kids have youtube !
@Titin IUPAC name Bro just put Haaland in the same sentence as Van Basten and Gerd Muller
@11-inch Yeah, same role on the pitch is the centre of conversation, not legacy or records.
@11-inch if he continues like he is doing he will be a legend of the game too. Dortmund and now city. I hate to see it as a utd fan
It really comes across on camera how genuine Ruud is. Loved watching him at United
Much respect from a Chelsea fan. The man is a legend.
As a Liverpool fan this interview was a joy to watch. I love watching Gary and Jamie as football pundits…..who’d have thought it ?
People often criticise both, but I have to admit, them too are always honest and refer back to different situations in their own careers very well. I'm also a big fan of Roy Keane, Micah Richards and Ian Wright as pundits. Where as people like Keown, Jenas etc are awful imo.
Rudd was simply ruthless and I was gutted when he left us… But he went Madrid and won 2 leagues, proving he still had it, despite some doubters. Easily one of the best to ever wear the red shirt. Legend. Ruuuuuuuud!
I can remember when he was the Haaland of his time, utd legend, always remembered, bless you Ruud , what a striker, he could score just by looking at the ball.
Wonderful striker and human being, Ruud is.
Unbelievable striker. And a gentleman. Proud to see that's he become a great manager.
Absolutely clinical. Like Haarland in that he had just one thing on his mind, getting the ball into the net in any way possible. Quality.
One of the best pure strikers of all time.
As an Arsenal adoring Henry there was still a big fascination with RVN. What a machine
very different players. But rvn was a very clinical striker, classic poacher. I guess similar to Haaland today ish... can't think of any one else like him playing in the PL today
That makes me so happy to here an arsenal fan admitting to someone elses quality
@Devon Haigh haha well it does happen. I think us older gunners, are pretty fair. Having been a season ticket holder, during that great rivalry of Sir Alex and Wenger, **now**, not then of course, I know what great players/sides utd had under Sir Alex.
I actually defended Paul Scholes ! From young Chelsea and City fans in a football content channel chat the other day. They were saying he was overrated🤦♂ No clue some of these fans.
Don't get me wrong, I always want to beat you guys and banter is a part of football culture. But I and some other Arsenal fans, do try to be fair.
We loved him in Madrid, great player and the ultimate pro and likeable player.
RUUD! He was such a great player for Manchester United! The Dutch connection was strong. Robben and Ruud if it could’ve happened would’ve won even more.
Amazing striker and finisher from an LFC fan. This man was the real deal.....deadly!
His prime was a beast.... No body can stop him
Always loved RUUD. Doesnt get the credit he deserves sometimes. Lethal finisher.
Great episode. Love this show from the start ❤
So glad you did this with Ruud. As a United fan growing up in the 2000s he was my favourite footballer.
I remember his signing like it was yesterday. I remember it initially fell through at United and expected him to not perform as well as he did. He became a favourite at United. What a player he has.
Absolute legend at United who is often very easily forgotten! Suffered a little with Fergie tinkering with formations for Europe ! Often playing him alone up front! Amazing goal scorer!
Ruud was my favourite player growing up, some of the angles he scored from was unbelievable
One of the most clinical finishers going. Absolutely love Ruud.
my thoughts exactly
My favorite striker of all time in Manchester United. He was an artist. Those days were so goooood. Hoping for those days to return .
Ruud van Nistelrooy. What a striker. 🇳🇱
Deadliest striker I've seen at United in my time, he was fabulous
Was there to witness his first 2 unofficial goals as a United player in a friendly against my country Malaysia in 2001. I still have a few jerseys with his name on the back so yeah, he's one of my favourite Utd strikers. What a legend!
It was a joy to live through that era of Arsenal v Man United with Ruud & Gary in the thick of it classic premier league moments
Comes across like a top fella. I love how he’s so reflective and recognises his ability but also the mistakes he made. Superb. Legend.
Spent 12 minutes grinning from ear to ear. As a boy growing up watching ruuuuud underneath those old Trafford lights was something magical!
Have got so much respect for Ruud. He had a beef moment with Christiano a while back at united but that didn't stop him mentioning him as his top answers. A real sportsman.
He stood out in his striking career at man utd.Hope to see more strikers like him
Man loves Ronaldo, What a legend he was!
Absolutely loved Ruud. Meant his father and brother in the Arches nightclub in Glasgow during the day of Rangers v Utd in the champions league.
Ruud was an absolute goal machine for us at Utd, I remember him and Thierry battling it out for the golden boot and it was incredible to watch. We could use some of that right now, I reckon Ruud has still got it 😅
As a Fulham fan I’ll never forget that goal he scored against us, he was an unreal player
I loved watching the type of striker he became at Real Madrid, even with the doubters after the United fall out. He was 30 and had some amazing moments, both goals and assists. My favourite player ever.
Uno de los mejores delanteros centros de la historia!!
Thanks Mr Gary for bringing back of our dutchman again.Ruud Van nistrlooy was favourite player striker during your time who really inspired me with the clinical finishing of the goals always.
Ruud aged like the fine red wine he enjoys drinking. What a legend!
What a player. Loved watching him score goals; didn't matter what way the ball dropped in the box to him, he'd get the strike away and would most likely score too.
As soon as I saw Ruud's name, I clicked straightaway! What a legend. one of the best finishers