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Paul Scholes Names Best Manchester United Striker He Played Alongside At The Red Devils

Paul Scholes Names Best Manchester United Striker He Played Alongside At The Red Devils

Paul Scholes has revealed that Ruud van Nistelrooy is the best Manchester United striker he played alongside ahead of the likes of Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke.

The 45-year-old United legend made over 700 appearances during his prolific career at the Red Devils and had no shortage of quality strikers to choose from.

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That included United's treble-winning quartet of Cole, Yorke, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, along with playing with Robin van Persie in his final season at the club.

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However, Scholes admitted that he "loved" to play No 10 with Van Nistelrooy, who he branded a "ruthless, ruthless goalscorer."

He told the Red Devils' UTD Podcast: "I played number 10 with Ruud van Nistelrooy for a season and I loved it.

"He's just a ruthless, ruthless goalscorer. He just lived for scoring goals.

"Whenever he did score or didn't score, the first thing he would do when we got on the team bus after the game was to see if Thierry Henry scored.

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"If Thierry Henry had scored, he wouldn't talk to anybody for the full trip home because he was so engrossed in being the leading goalscorer, not just at United but in the league, in the world, everywhere.

"I loved the way he finished as well. Look, I played with some unbelievable centre-forwards. You are thinking Cole, Yorke, Sheringham, Solskjaer. There are loads. Van Persie I played with as well.

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"There are some unbelievable goalscorers. But, to me, Ruud was the best, he was the best finisher."

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Legendary former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson splashed out a then-British record transfer fee of £19m to bring Van Nistelrooy to Old Trafford in 2001.

The 43-year-old Dutch former striker won the Premier League title, an FA Cup and a League Cup during his five seasons at United.

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However, Van Nistelrooy's time at the Red Devils came to an end in 2006 after a heated rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo and a fallout with Ferguson.

Van Nistelrooy, who left for Real Madrid after his time with United, has since opened up about his regret over his heated altercation with the legendary Scotsman.

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Topics: Paul Scholes, Football News, Football, Manchester United, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, red devils, Premier League, Old Trafford

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