Scholes recalls how Arsenal great Henry left Van Nistelrooy speechless

Ruud van Nistelrooy was locked in a goalscoring battle with Thierry Henry during the Dutchman's time at Manchester United, according to Paul Scholes.

Prolific forward Van Nistelrooy only picked up one Golden Boot during his five seasons in the Premier League between 2001 and 2006, with Arsenal legend Henry taking all four others during that time.

Scholes says that such was Van Nistelrooy's desire to beat Henry to the goalscoring crown that he kept tabs on the Frenchman's strikes, even when he'd found the net himself.

“I played number 10 with Ruud van Nistelrooy for a season and I loved it,” Scholes told the new edition of the official Man Utd podcast.

“He’s just a ruthless, ruthless goalscorer. He just lived for scoring goals.

"Whenever he did score or didn’t score, the first thing he would do when we got on the team bus after the game was see if Thierry Henry scored.

"If Thierry Henry had scored he wouldn’t talk to anybody for the full trip home because he was so engrossed in being the leading goalscorer, not just at United but in the league, in the world, everywhere."

Scholes played with some terrific forwards at United, but he adds that Van Nistelrooy – who scored 150 goals in 219 games for the club – was the best at putting the ball in the net.

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