Ruud van Nistelrooy was an absolute goal machine for Manchester United and will always be fondly remembered by supporters at Old Trafford.
The former Netherlands international netted 150 goals in 219 appearances for the Red Devils over five seasons after joining the English giants in a £19 million move from PSV Eindhoven in 2001.
Van Nistelrooy wasn’t a complete footballer by any means but he was a ruthless finisher. One of the best in Premier League history, in fact.
However, during the Dutchman’s spell playing under Sir Alex Ferguson, United became too reliant on him for goals and subsequently only managed to win the Premier League title once (in 2003) while he led the line.
United also won the FA Cup and League Cup with Van Nistelrooy as the team’s talisman, but they became a more successful side once Ferguson sold the centre-forward to Real Madrid in 2006 and made Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo the focal points in attack.
Nevertheless, United fans will always appreciate what Van Nistelrooy did for the club and how much joy he brought them over those five years.
Van Nistelrooy opened the scoring v Barcelona Legends
They gave him a tremendous reception on Saturday as he pulled on the famous red shirt once more at Old Trafford, turning out for Manchester United Legends against their Barcelona counterparts.
And it was the 41-year-old, who retired in 2012 after a season with Malaga, who opened the scoring in the 13th minute.
Van Nistelrooy cooly converted from the penalty spot, leading United fans to celebrate with the famous “Ruuuuud!” ‘chant’.
Van Nistelrooy's tweet is superb
This prompted a brilliant tweet from Van Nistelrooy after the match.
“Great to be back at Old Trafford and score this penalty,” he wrote. “Thanks for Ruuuuuuuuuuding.. Kids loved it and are doing it all the time now. 😂❤️“
That is superb.
Man Utd fans certainly loved it…
Video: Man Utd 2-2 Barcelona highlights
The game itself finished 2-2, with Danny Webber’s goal a particular highlight.
You can watch what happened here…
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