‘For him to see me on the touchline is a proud moment’: Ruud van Nistelrooy admits his delight at having his former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson at Ibrox as he led PSV to a 2-2 draw with Rangers
- Ruud van Nistelrooy was proud to have Sir Alex Ferguson watch him manage PSV
- The Dutch manager captained PSV to a 2-2 draw with Rangers at Ibrox
- Van Nistelrooy spoke to his former boss after the Champions League play-offs
- He stressed that Ferguson did not ask about Man United target Cody Gakpo
Ruud van Nistelrooy admitted that he was proud. Sir Alex Ferguson was able to watch him coach the PSV Eindhoven side to a 2-2 draw with Rangers in Tuesday’s Champions League play-off.
The former Manchester United striker spoke to his old manager – who sat in the director’s box at Ibrox – after a 77th-minute equalizer from Armando Obispo provided a boost ahead of next week’s return leg in the Netherlands.
PSV earlier took the lead in the first half through Ibrahim Sangare before Rangers quickly responded with a fine move to set up Antonio Colak’s equaliser.
Ruud van Nistelrooy admitted he was proud Sir Alex Ferguson could see him coaching PSV
Van Nistelrooy’s side were strong in the second period but looked set to lose after goalkeeper Walter Benitez fumbled a Tom Lawrence free-kick.
However, Obispo equalized with a header from a corner, with Van Nistelrooy’s delight enhanced by Ferguson’s presence.
“I was proud that he was able to see my coach my team and manage my team,” said the Dutchman.
“I’m glad he’s doing well. I only spoke to him briefly but he is healthy and looking good. His family is doing well.
“Like I said, it was great to see him. For him to see me on the sidelines at Ibrox is a proud moment.
The former Manchester United manager watched PSV draw 2-2 with Rangers at Ibrox
“I learned so much from him. When you develop yourself as a coach, you naturally look back at the managers you had, what they did, how they formed a team, the style of play and how they managed individuals. He is such an example in that respect.
“I had a wonderful time here. Sir Alex said: “Good to see you again”. And he thought it was a beautiful match. He said he was proud of me and he likes to watch me train and run along the side of the field.
Asked if he would be happy to be a manager half as good as Ferguson, Van Nistelrooy smiled: “If I’m even one percent as good…”
United are keen to sign Cody Gakpo, but Van Nistelrooy stressed that Ferguson had not asked about the PSV winger.
The former Netherlands international scored 150 goals in 218 games during his time at United
“He didn’t,” continued the 46-year-old. “We were just talking about how we felt. We didn’t really discuss United or players. It was just a personal chat, really.
Van Nistelrooy was pleased with PSV’s performance and the result, but was reluctant to claim that his side were now favorites to progress to the group stage.
“Rangers got dangerous at the end but thank God we play the next leg at home,” he added.
“We don’t expect much difference in Holland
Ferguson did not ask about Red Devils target and PSV star Cody Gakpo, urged Van Nistelrooy
“We know what it’s like to have a lot of support behind us. It was also today for Rangers. Some spells in the match lifted the crowd of the team in a way that is difficult. I mean, you really notice.
“There are not many places where you feel that way. Of course, next week we will have that support.
“But both teams are at a very high level in terms of quality and playing styles. It has been reduced to one game now with the final at home. We have to prepare and be at our best.’