Former Manchester United star, Quinton Fortune, has revealed he was frustrated by the departure of ex-teammate, Ruud Van Nistelrooy to Real Madrid in 2006.
Fortune and Nistelrooy had a close relationship during their time at United, before the former left. However, after a series of disagreements with then manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, the Red Devils didn’t relent to sell him when Madrid came calling.
Speaking to the official Man United website about his memories of the Dutchman at Old Trafford, Fortune said, “Ruud was a machine. Had he stayed at United longer he’d have scored more goals and ended up breaking all the club records, I think.
“Every day in training he was relentless. He was like Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer]; every time he got an opportunity in training, he would hit the target. Boom, hits the target, makes the keeper work, always with a clean strike.
“Whenever I got an assist for him, I was so happy because I knew how much it meant to him just to score any goal. It felt good because the guy was obsessed with scoring.
“When we won but he didn’t score, he’d be the one player who didn’t look happy in the dressing room afterwards. He wouldn’t hide it, his head would be down, but that’s how obsessed he was with scoring.”
Nistelrooy remains one of the best forwards the Premier League has ever seen, even though he left the league after just five years.
His amazing record of 150 goals in 219 appearances, continues to wow us all, even years later.