Van Nistelrooy disappointed with United's season

May 6, 2006

Ruud van Nistelrooy has admitted it has been another disappointing season for Manchester United.

The Red Devils are still expected to seal runners-up spot by beating Charlton tomorrow in their final Premiership game, adding a semblance of respectability on the league front to their Carling Cup final win over Wigan in February.

But, United's failure to push Chelsea right to the wire, and their early exit from the Champions League has cast a shadow over the campaign as a whole which Van Nistelrooy admits cannot be erased.

'There is still a massive part of the season to complete because second place is important to us,' the Dutch striker told MUTV.

'But looking back, this season has been disappointing overall.

'Everyone knows expectations at this club are high but that is something we have to deal with. We have had to deal with it over the last couple of years and we have to do so again.'

With Wayne Rooney injured, Van Nistelrooy will lead United's attack in what could turn out to be his last competitive game for the club.

Rumours persist he will be leaving Old Trafford this summer, with old club PSV Eindhoven the latest side linked with a move for a player who was forced on to the bench for the latter portion of the campaign as Rooney and Louis Saha struck up an impressive understanding.

The 29-year-old is still to offer a public opinion one way or the other on his future and continues to remain fully focussed on United's remaining fixture before switching his attention to Holland's World Cup campaign.

And, while seven successive wins over Charlton points to another home victory tomorrow, Van Nistelrooy only needs to look back on recent Old Trafford encounters with Sunderland and Middlesbrough to know nothing can be taken for granted.

'The Sunderland and Middlesbrough performances were both disappointing,' he said.

'We have had two goalless draws in a row at home now, so we have to do better against Charlton.

'It is their manager's last match, which should help raise their game, and they have nothing to lose, so they will probably be able to play quite freely.

'But we have to handle that and make sure we get those three points.'