Paul Scholes reveals his first impression of Ruud Van Nistelrooy in Manchester United training


Scholes immediately felt a connection with Van Nistelrooy (Pictures: MUTV/Getty Images)

Paul Scholes says he knew Ruud van Nistelrooy would go on to score ‘loads and loads of goals’ for Manchester United after watching him finish in training for the first time.

The Dutchman is one of the Red Devils’ most prolific goalscorers in the Premier League era, finding the back of the 150 times during his five-year spell at the club.

Van Nistelrooy won the Golden Boot with 25 goals in United’s 2002-03 league-winning campaign and Scholes admitted the Dutchman was obsessed with scoring.

‘I always had a bit of a connection with Ruud, I didn’t really need to speak to him it was just a little look, I knew what he wanted, he knew what I wanted,’ Scholes told the MUTV Group Chat.

‘I just love the fact that his life was goals, it’s the only thing he thought about, I don’t think he ever thought about anything else.

‘Whether he got up in the morning or went to bed at night he was just thinking about scoring goals.

‘I remember the first day seeing him in training watching him finish and you just look back and think, ‘Wow, this lad, he’s going to score loads and loads of goals’.

Van Nistelrooy spent five years at United (Picture: Getty Images)

Van Nistelrooy was in constant competition with Arsenal’s Thierry Henry to score the most goals in the Premier League and Scholes revealed even if United lost, the striker would be happy if he had got on the score sheet.

‘It was the competition really, he was desperate to win the Golden Boot every single year and just desperate to score goals and I love that,’ Scholes added.

‘Most strikers probably think it, but he thought out loud.

‘We could get beat 5-1 and if he scored it was great and if [Thierry] Henry hadn’t scored, he didn’t care.

‘As long as he got a goal and had a chance of leading the charts he wasn’t bothered.’

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