Ruud van Nistelrooy has opened up on the events surrounding his Manchester United career coming to an end, including the fall out with Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, after just five season’s at Old Trafford, he joined Real Madrid for a mere €14m after falling out with United manager, Fergie.
“It was very harsh, both ways,” van Nistelrooy told Eleven Sports about his bust-up with the legendary manager.
“Especially after five years of having such a strong bond. I learned so much from him, and in all modesty: he from me too.
“And yet, the end was ruthless.”
Sir Alex was no stranger to selling his top stars, even at the peak of their powers, with the likes of David Beckham and Jaap Stam being shown the exit door despite being key players for the Red Devils.
Elaborating on the details of his row with his manager, van Nistelrooy admitted that he had been ‘really disrespectful’ towards the Scot and that he isn’t proud of the way that he behaved:
“It was me who took the first step to make it okay again. I called him. A few times a year I felt bad about what I had done to him and the names I called him when he kept me on the bench the entire match in the League Cup final in Cardiff. In a blind rage, I shouted at him,” the Dutchman added.
“I called him something. I called him a number of things in a blind rage. Cocky and stubborn as I was, I couldn’t snap out of that for some time after. That’s how it all crashed.
“It was just really disrespectful, there were lots of other people there. It wasn’t all that outrageous in terms of words but it was completely out of order. Not done.
“I wasn’t proud of it, still am not.”
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