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31st Mar 2023

Ruud Van Nistelrooy admits that he once tried to punch Gary Neville

Lee Costello

Ruud Van Nistelrooy Gary Neville

“You’re the only player that’s come to punch me at the end of the game.”

Ruud Van Nistelrooy has owned up to the fact that he once tried to punch Gary Neville after the pair fell out during a Premier League match against Middlesbrough.

It’s not uncommon for team-mates to have a row now and again, but they never usually get close to coming to blows.

Van Nistelrooy has always had a reputation of being a difficult teammate on certain occasions, particularly because he was always so desperate to get on the scoresheet.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy Gary Neville

Roy Keane also had issue with the Dutch striker, but that was for a different reason entirely, and something that you would expect Keane to be annoyed about.

On this occasion however, Neville gave his colleague a bit of a tongue wagging, and the Netherlands international completely lost it.

Speaking on the latest episode of The Overlap, Van Nistelrooy and Neville reminisce about he incident.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy Gary Neville

Neville started: Do you remember Middlesbrough away? You’re the only player that’s come to punch me at the end of the game.

Van Nistelrooy: Yeah, I do. You gave me a right b*****ing and rightly so.