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Two-Way Ruud Battle

Whilst it's not definite that Ruud Van Nistelrooy will leave Manchester United this summer, there is certainly a queue forming at Old Trafford of clubs interested in his signature.

It is now apparent that Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will go head to head over the striker.

Despite being one of the most prolific scorers in recent Premiership history, Van Nistlerooy fell out of favour at Old Trafford after a reported bust-up between him and manager Sir Alex Ferguson. This cumulated in being dropped for the Carling Cup final and indeed last game of the season where he decided he'd rather watch all the action at home. Frenchman Louis Saha being preferred upfront.

Bayern kicked off the saga first, with their Presidente Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claiming that they 'know' that Ruud wants to join them. Real's president, (why do European clubs have loud-mouth presidents?) have stated that their new manager would be interested in bringing the Dutchman to the Berniebow.

It'll be interesting now to see what Sir Alex does, with the Rooney/Ronaldo storyline (turning into a soap opera isn't it!) rumbling on this could prove a great opportunity to clear out the dead wood and start again. This time really challenging for the Premiership title.

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Date:Tuesday July 11 2006

Time: 12:35PM

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if Ron and Ruud are the dead wood at Old Trafford and with this clear out on the cards Man Utd are goung to struggle next season rather then really challenging for anything. How does 5th sound?
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12/07/2006 00:49:00

Well, selling Ronaldo and Van Nistlerooy then gives funds to go out and sign replacements not only for them, but for other players. Some of the squad really aren't getting any younger!
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12/07/2006 10:18:00

its van nistelrooys turn to leave he did what he needed to do for the club and his job is finished. id still like to see ronaldo come back after what hes done hes a great player and almost impossible to replace.
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12/07/2006 13:45:00

if ruud goez en it will b a guter and if ronaldo goez.... i dnt fink ronaldo should go
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14/07/2006 15:06:00

A "queue forming at Old Trafford "? Must be all the fans running from the new owner and becoming Chelsea fans.
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14/07/2006 17:47:00

it would be great if he moved to real madrid in time for him to play against us in pre season
green giant 12
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15/07/2006 13:11:00

5th sounds about right this year chaps
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15/07/2006 15:52:00

unless you install a diving board at OT
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15/07/2006 15:54:00

Whats going on at OT, has fergie lost the plot,we should be building up the squad not dismantling it, Van Nistelrooys leaving for 11 million and according to reports in the paper Defoes coming in for 15 million this doesn't make sense Van Nistelrooy is twice the player Defoe is, then we have Carrick, a player kept out of the England team by Hargreaves, coming in for another 15 million whereas Stephen Appiah, one of the stars of the world cup is available for 7 million, so whats next Ronaldo out the door for 20 million paving the way for a return to OT for Karel Poborsky. We should be chasing Freddy Adu, Carlos Tevez,Riquelme,Gattuso and Luca Toni. Unless the powers that be at OT cop on i'm afraid TeddyLyons prediction of 5th place sounds about right.
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16/07/2006 13:25:00


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