Updated: Monday, 10th December 2018 @ 4:16pm

Leaving 'special' fans is my only regret, says Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy

Leaving 'special' fans is my only regret, says Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy

By Dean Wilkins

Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy admitted today that leaving his ‘special relationship’ with Reds' fans is his only regret after his transfer to Real Madrid.

The striking hero, who scored 150 goals in 217 appearances for the Reds, says playing for the team ‘felt like a dream’.

The 35-year-old Dutchman told Inside United that not saying goodbye to fans was ‘a real shame’.

“It was a fantastic five years,” Van Nistelrooy said. “It was crazy, all of the games that we played in the league, in the cups and in the Champions League. As a football player playing for United and at Old Trafford, it was something crazy and it felt like a dream at the time.

“The fans were really special. From the first day onwards it was there and it just gives you that extra 10 or 20 per cent on the pitch, home and away. The away fans were always there and firing the team on, and individual players as well.

“After the games we would always celebrate together and we made a point of going over to thank them for their support. My relationship with the fans was very special and that’s why leaving in the way I did was, and still is, a real shame for me because I couldn’t really say goodbye to them.

“It was my only regret that it went like that and it’s a shame that it happened, particularly for the fans as I saw the people at the club before I left but I never got a chance to properly say goodbye to the fans.”

Van Nistelrooy is aiming to follow in ex-teammates’ Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes boots by continuing for as long as he can.

“I’m not really surprised because I know their qualities and I know how they how they look after themselves. They haven’t had a lot of injuries so in that sense they have had the luck.

“They are crazy about the game and they love what they do. With the qualities they have, they can carry on for even longer, and that is great to see,” he added.


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