A famous old Manchester United face was spotted on the sidelines in a Euro 2020 Group C clash last night.

Ruud van Nistelrooy is part of Frank de Boer’s coaching staff for the Netherlands.

Seeing him again was a welcome blast from the past for United supporters who watched an entertaining 3-2 win for the Dutch.

Ruud van Nistelrooy gives Frank de Boer some advice
Ruud van Nistelrooy gives Frank de Boer some advice (Photo by Koen van Weel – Pool/Getty Images)

Van Nistelrooy was a fan favourite at United in the early 2000s and he will always be one of the best out and out goalscorers the club has ever had.

The Dutchman is United’s 11th all time top goalscorer with 150 goals, which is very impressive considering he spent just five seasons at Old Trafford.

The prolific striker retired in 2012 after spells with Real Madrid, Hamburg, and Malaga, and has since been doing his coaching badges.


This is his second spell as assistant manager for the Netherlands, previously working under Guus Hiddink in 2014.

The Dutch currently lack a striker anywhere near Van Nistelrooy’s ability, but he is there to help out and give out advice where required.

Netherlands beat Ukraine 3-2, with another 2000s forward Andriy Shevchenko the manager for the beaten team.

Van Nistelrooy is still only 44 and could have a couple of decades left in coaching left, and take a manager role one day.

For now, it was just nice to see him again, and his sighting went down well on social media…

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