Ferguson right to push me out of Man Utd, says van Nistelrooy

Ruud van Nistelrooy has revealed he bears no ill will towards Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson for bringing his career at Old Trafford to a close – indeed, the Premier League title-winner believes that is why Ferguson has achieved such great success, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Van Nistelrooy was back at Old Trafford for the unveiling of a statue dedicated to the long-serving manager, who has sat in the United hot seat for 26 years. Van Nistelrooy was joined at the ceremony by Eric Cantona, Edwin van der Sar, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Dwight Yorke and Andrew Cole, all former United players who won titles in England or in Europe under Ferguson.

It was Van Nistelrooy’s first return to United’s home since he was sold by Ferguson to Real Madrid in 2006. The Mail reveals that when Ferguson chose young striker Giuseppe Rossi ahead of the then-Netherlands international for the final league game of the season, van Nistelrooy left the ground “in disgust” and had not returned until this week.

Van Nistelrooy however admits he now understands why Ferguson takes such decisions. He said: “When he is building new teams he is willing to do things like that. That is all credit to him. In his mind, the club is the most important thing. That is what he always said. It is his most-repeated sentence.

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