‘For him to see me on the touchline is a proud moment’: Ruud van Nistelrooy admits his joy at having his former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson at Ibrox as he led PSV to a game 2-2 draw against Rangers
- Ruud van Nistelrooy was proud that Sir Alex Ferguson watched him lead PSV
- The Dutch coach led PSV to a 2-2 draw with Rangers at Ibrox
- Van Nistelrooy spoke to his former boss after the Champions League play-off
- He pointed out Ferguson didn’t ask about Man United target Cody Gakpo
Ruud van Nistelrooy admitted he was proud that Sir Alex Ferguson was able to watch him coach his side PSV Eindhoven to a 2-2 draw against Rangers in the first leg of the Champions League play-offs on Tuesday.
The former Manchester United striker spoke to his former manager – who sat in the managers’ box at Ibrox – after a 77th-minute equalizer from Armando Obispo provided a boost ahead of the second leg next week in the Netherlands.
PSV had taken the lead in the first half through Ibrahim Sangare before Rangers responded quickly with a fine move to create Antonio Colak’s equaliser.
Ruud van Nistelrooy admitted he was proud Sir Alex Ferguson got to watch him coach PSV
Van Nistelrooy’s side were strong in the second half but looked set for defeat after goalkeeper Walter Benitez slipped a Tom Lawrence free-kick.
However, Obispo secured parity with a header from a corner, with Van Nistelrooy’s joy intensified by the presence of Ferguson.
“I was proud that he got to see my coach my team and manage my team,” said the Dutchman.
I’m glad he’s doing well. I spoke to him briefly but he is fine and looks great. His family is fine.
“As I said, it was great to see him. For him to see me on the touchline at Ibrox is a proud moment.
Ex-Manchester United manager watched PSV draw 2-2 with Rangers at Ibrox
‘I learned so much from him. When you develop as a coach you obviously look at the managers you had, what they did, how they formed a team, the style of play and how they handled individuals. He is such an example in this sense.
‘I had a wonderful time here. Sir Alex said: ‘Good to see you again’. And he thought it was a good game. He said he was proud of me and loved seeing me coaching and running around the field.
When asked if he would be happy to become half as good a manager as Ferguson, Van Nistelrooy smiled: “If I’m even one percent as good…”
United are keen to sign Cody Gakpo but Van Nistelrooy has stressed Ferguson hasn’t asked about the PSV winger.
The former Dutch international scored 150 goals in 218 appearances during his time at United
“He didn’t,” the 46-year-old continued. “We were just talking about how we were doing. We haven’t really discussed United or the players. It was just a personal conversation, really.
Van Nistelrooy was pleased with PSV’s performance and the result, but was hesitant to say his side were now favorites going into the group stage.
“Rangers got dangerous at the end but thank goodness we are playing the next game at home,” he added.
“We don’t expect much difference in Holland
Ferguson didn’t ask about Red Devils target and PSV star Cody Gakpo, urged Van Nistelrooy
“We know how it is with great support behind us. This was also the case today for the Rangers. At certain points in the game, the crowd has lifted the team in such a way that it is difficult. I mean, you really notice it.
“There aren’t many places where you feel that way. Of course next week we will have that support.
“But both teams are very level in terms of quality and styles of play. It’s down to one game now with the final at home. We have to prepare and be at our best.