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Van Nistelrooy 'Stabbed in the Back' by Ferguson

"Stabbed in the back." That's how Ruud Van Nistelrooy feels about Sir Alex Ferguson's total about-face on the player he practically drove out of Manchester United. It's nothing personal, Ruud. After all, it's just business. "I had a good relationship with Ferguson in the beginning, but when he left me on the bench for 90 minutes in the English League Cup final, it felt like I had been stabbed," Van Nistelrooy said. "Last season was fine for the first three-quarters, but I want to forget about the last part," when their relationship became unworkable. However, the striker was quick to add that life in Madrid is just peachy: great atmosphere, great players, great people, etc. Now didn't he talk like that when he moved to United from PSV in 2001? "From the outside, people only see great stars and glamour, but all I have found is simple people - from the players through to the directors."

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