Ruud not to play him?

March 13, 2006
By Norman Hubbard
As befits a proud son of Govan, Sir Alex Ferguson has a tendency to wield the axe with all the subtlety of a Glaswegian kiss.

Remember David Beckham? Ruud van Nistelrooy certainly does, and has had time to ponder the treatment meted out to his former team-mate while taking a watching brief in Manchester United's last three games.

Even Beckham, Roy Keane and Jaap Stam, others ruthlessly discarded by Ferguson, were not dropped for cup finals (Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce were but, ...

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