‘For him to see me on the touchline is a proud moment’: Ruud van Nistelrooy admits his delight to have his former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson at Ibrox as he led PSV to a 2-2 draw against Rangers.
- Ruud van Nistelrooy was proud that Sir Alex Ferguson saw him lead PSV
- The Dutch coach led PSV to a 2-2 draw against Rangers at Ibrox
- Van Nistelrooy spoke with his former boss after the Champions League play-off
- He stressed that Ferguson did not ask about Man United target Cody Gakpo.
Ruud van Nistelrooy admitted he was proud that Sir Alex Ferguson got to watch him coach PSV Eindhoven to a 2-2 draw against Rangers in the first leg of Tuesday’s Champions League play-offs.
The former Manchester United striker spoke to his former manager, who sat in the director’s box at Ibrox, after Armando Obispo equalized in the 77th minute and gave a push ahead of next week’s second leg in the Netherlands.
PSV took a first-half lead through Ibrahim Sangare before Rangers quickly responded with a fine play to create an equalizer from Antonio Colak.
Ruud van Nistelrooy admitted he was proud Sir Alex Ferguson could watch PSV train
Van Nistelrooy’s side were strong in the second half, but seemed headed for defeat after goalkeeper Walter Benítez missed a Tom Lawrence free kick.
However, Obispo secured parity with a header from a corner, with Van Nistelrooy’s glee heightened by Ferguson’s presence.
“I was proud that I could see my coach, my team and manage my team,” said the Dutchman.
I’m glad you’re okay. I spoke to him briefly, but he’s fine and looks great. His family is fine.
‘As I say, it was great to see. For him, seeing me on the touchline at Ibrox is a proud moment.
The former Manchester United manager watched PSV draw 2-2 with Rangers at Ibrox
‘I learned a lot from him. When you develop as a coach, you obviously look back at the coaches you had, what they did, how they put together a team, the style of play and how they handled people. It is an example in that sense.
‘I had a wonderful time here. Sir Alex said, “It’s good to see you again.” And he thought it was a beautiful match. He said that he was proud of me and that he likes to see me as a coach and running around the sides of the field.
Asked if he’d be happy to become half as good a manager as Ferguson, Van Nistelrooy smiled: “If I’m even one percent as good…”
United are interested in signing Cody Gakpo, but Van Nistelrooy stressed that Ferguson had not asked about the PSV winger.
The former Dutch international scored 150 goals in 218 games during his time at United
“He didn’t,” the 46-year-old continued. ‘We were just talking about how we were. We’re not really talking about United or players. Actually, it was just a personal talk.
Van Nistelrooy was pleased with PSV’s performance and the result, but was reluctant to claim that his team were now favorites to reach the group stage.
“Rangers turned dangerous at the end, but thank God we are playing the next game at home,” he added.
‘We don’t expect much difference in Holland
Ferguson didn’t ask about the Red Devils’ goal and PSV star Cody Gakpo urged Van Nistelrooy
‘We know what it’s like to have great support behind us. That was today for the Rangers as well. Some spells in the game, the crowd raised the team in such a way that it is difficult. I mean, you really feel 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 even in quality and styles of play. It is reduced to one game now with the final at home. We have to prepare ourselves and give our best.’