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Biography

A prolific goal-getter, Ruud van Nistelrooy’s scoring exploits at Old Trafford have safeguarded his place in United folklore.

  • Position

    Forward

  • Country

    Netherlands

  • Date of birth

    1 Jul 1976

  • Joined

    1 Jul 2001

  • United debut

    12 Aug 2001

    v Liverpool (N) Charity Shield

  • Left United

    28 Jul 2006

Debate: Is Ruud our best finisher in history? article

Sam Carney passionately backs the birthday boy, van Nistelrooy, but Joe Ganley campaigns for another iconic ex-Red...

Goal of the Day: van Nistelrooy v West Ham Video

Happy birthday Ruud! Here’s a typically well-taken goal from the Dutch legend, scored against West Ham in 2002…

  • published time Jul 21Video

Goal of the Day: Van Nistelrooy v Liverpool  Video

Ruud immediately endeared himself to the United fans with this debut strike against Liverpool...

  • published time Jun 21Video

Bruno follows in Ruud's footsteps article

Fernandes has emulated a feat achieved by legendary striker van Nistelrooy after landing our top individual award.

Ruud: I scored past Edwin! Video

Fulham were the opponents at Old Trafford, when Ruud van Nistelrooy made his United debut, as the man himself recalls…

  • published time May 21Podcast

Why Rashford is in our top 20 article

Marcus's strike against Liverpool lifted him on to another leaderboard at Old Trafford.

Van Nistelrooy reveals all about our dressing room article

Ruud explains what it was like to join our squad in 2001 and even recalls a time he "snapped" at Roy Keane!

  • published time Apr 21Podcast

Goal of the Day: van Nistelrooy v Deportivo Video

Even from the tightest of angles, Ruud van Nistelrooy could pull off some truly audacious finishes...

  • published time Apr 21Clips

'They're Ruud'ing you, not booing!' article

Van Nistelrooy discusses his relationship with United fans and missing out on the 2001/02 league and Golden Boot.

  • published time Apr 21Podcast

When Sir Alex left Ruud out Video

Van Nistelrooy recalls how being denied the Golden Boot was the greatest motivation he could receive…

  • published time Apr 21Podcast

Ruud: The Arsenal rivalry got personal article

United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy recalls the intense battles with the Gunners in the latest UTD Podcast.

Goal of the Day: van Nistelrooy v Charlton Video

Ruud van Nistelrooy was a clinical finisher and showcased his ruthlessness against the Addicks, back in 2005...

  • published time Apr 21Clips

Ruud: It all went ballistic! Video

United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy recalls the top-of-the-table battles with Arsenal, in his brilliant podcast…

  • published time Apr 21Podcast

UTD Unscripted: I had to fill that empty chair article

Read the fascinating story behind Ruud van Nistelrooy's protracted transfer to Old Trafford in our latest long read.

Van Nistelrooy's top 10 United goals Video

This countdown of Ruud van Nistelrooy goals is a reminder of how utterly ruthless the Dutchman was...