As United’s struggles continue, retired Old Trafford goal machine eyes shock return…
With Manchester United languishing seventh in the Premier League table, their need for a proven goalscorer is greater than ever before.
So it’s just as well club legend Ruud van Nistelrooy is back training in red colours.
The Dutch striker, who scored a very impressive 150 goals in 219 games for United between 2001 and 2006, has been busy working out in the gym and on the practice pitch ahead of a possible playing return.
Ruud’s return? Speculation is growing that the prolific Van Nistelrooy – who retired in 2012 – could make a comeback
Smiling again: Van Nistelrooy tweeted that he was training six times a week – and enjoying the work outs
In a set of leaked pictures, seen exclusively by Sportsmail, Van Nistelrooy, who helped United to Premier League and FA Cup glory, is seen hitting punchbags, fine-tuning his dribbling skills and even lifting tyres to get in shape.
Van Nistelrooy, who is now 37 and ‘retired’ after leaving Malaga in 2012, revealed on Twitter this week that he is training six times a week to return to the high level of fitness that saw him terrorise defenders at his peak.
The ultimate poacher, Van Nistelrooy has reliably scored goals wherever he’s played – at PSV Eindhoven, United, Real Madrid, Hamburg and Malaga, not to mention the 35 goals in 70 games for Holland.
He has been dropping regular hints as to a comeback on his Twitter account, posting at the end of January: ‘As soon as I put the boots on again, feels like I never left. Glad to be back #training again.’
Still got it: Van Nistelrooy refreshes his memory of penalty taking on the practice pitch
Skills: Van Nistelrooy shows the close ball control that made him a favourite at Old Trafford
And two days ago, he wrote intriguingly: ‘Thanks for all your support. I’ve got some exciting news to share with you soon.’
The rumour mill went into overdrive when he commented on Manchester United’s 0-0 draw at Arsenal, saying it was a turning point in their sub-standard season.
The tweet had United fans dreaming of a three-pronged attack, with Van Nistelrooy in tandem with compatriot Robin van Persie and England star Wayne Rooney.
With Juan Mata pulling strings in the midfield, United may finally be able to arrest the poor form that has seen them lose eight times in the league already and dumped out of both domestic cups.
And, on Friday, Van Nistelrooy appeared with his agent before the media in Holland, confirming his return to the football field…
Source : Daily Mail