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Ruud van Nistelrooy ripped medal from around neck after Carling Cup win

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Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelroooy 'ripped' his medal from around his neck after the Red Devils secure Carling Cup success in 2006. 

As reported by the Mail, Tehsin Nayani, who spent six years as a spokesman for the Glazer family, has insisted that Van Nistelrooy made a swift exit from the dressing room after the club beat Wigan Athletic by four goals to nil. 

Late struggles 

In '06, of course, the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge of the Red Devils, however the Scotsman failed to give Van Nistelrooy any playing time as his United career approached an inevitable end. 

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Van Nistelrooy, who secured a number of caps for the Dutch national side throughout his career, ultimately left for Real Madrid the following summer after struggling for opportunities in the final months of his Old Trafford career. 

Furious Van Nistelrooy

In fact, in the final, despite the fact that United were easing to victory, Van Nistelroory didn't make it from the bench, which seemingly led to his frustration. And, if Nayani is to be believed, the striker was left furious after the showdown with Wigan, as he revealed in his new book: 

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"He contemptuously ripped his token winners' medal from around his neck before making an early exit from the dressing room, sweeping angrily past me as he did so."

Van Nistelrooy, despite his problems with Ferguson, has certainly gone down as a United hero after scoring almost 100 goals for the club. 

Brilliant signing 

There's no doubt about it, Van Nistelrooy really was quite the coup for United boss Ferguson. His first few years in the red of United were brilliant as he often competed with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry for the Golden Boot. 

It may well have ended sour for the former United No.10, but he will no doubt hold fond memories of his time in Manchester. 

Perhaps, with Louis van Gaal currently in charge at the Theatre of Dreams, the door could even be open for the forward returning to the club in some capacity one day. Now, though, he appears to be enjoying his role as assistant manager of the Dutch national side, while Van Gaal's United continue to go from strength-to-strength. 

Manchester United fans: What did you think of Van Nistelrooy? Have your say in the comments section below!

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