Neville and Scholes argue over Van Nistelrooy
Manchester United legends Gary Neville and Paul Scholes – who also happen to be best friends – have amusingly clashed over Ruud van Nistelrooy in a new episode of The Overlap.
Neville’s YouTube series has become essential viewing in recent years after providing in-depth interviews with some of sport’s biggest names, as well as live events with supporters.
Football has naturally provided most of Gary’s guests so far and they have included former United players Roy Keane, David Beckham and Gerard Pique. His latest episode with Scholes was teased on Thursday afternoon with a round of quickfire questions and it led to a fascinating debate on Ruud.
My 18 Questions with Paul Scholes is out now 👍— Gary Neville (@GNev2) September 22, 2022
Not sure he agreed with my suggestion on which actor would play him in a movie or the fact that I was staring at him 😂
Head to my YouTube channel The Overlap to watch the full video if you like ❤️https://t.co/YJuGZwjpi0 pic.twitter.com/Mfo27gUcs0
Scholes had famously developed an outstanding relationship with van Nistelrooy and often played in the number 10 role behind him, providing the ammunition for Ruud to fire home. It worked magnificently and, in The Overlap, Neville reveals he and Paul disagree over his suitability.
In response, Scholes says: “I loved playing with Ruud because I knew what he wanted without speaking to him, if you know what I mean. I don't think it's true [that I was the only one who spot his runs], but I just knew what he wanted and at that time I was playing number 10 really, I wasn't playing in centre-midfield. Do you know what, football is all about that, your relationships with people. I don't think you see a lot of that these days.”
Van Nistelrooy left United in 2006 and he went on to enjoy success with Real Madrid, while Sir Alex’s evolving team blossomed to win three Premier League titles in a row, plus the Champions League, so it worked out for all parties.
When Ruud appeared on our UTD Podcast series, he reflected on the circumstances of his exit and spoke about the situation with typical class. Of course, he had made up with Sir Alex several years earlier when he returned to Old Trafford to attend the unveiling of his statue.
Most recently, United fans were delighted to see a photo that van Nistelrooy shared on social media, showing him with Sir Alex after his PSV Eindhoven team had faced Rangers at Ibrox in Europe.
With the gaffer at Ibrox after the game. 💯 pic.twitter.com/635rZ0StJS— Ruud van Nistelrooij (@RvN1776) August 17, 2022