LONDON: Ruud van Nistelrooy believes that his Manchester United teammate Roy Keane should be the next manager at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson has another two-and-a-half years left on his current contract and the Dutch striker feels their inspirational captain is the natural successor once the Scot decides to retire.
“I think Roy Keane should be the next manager of Manchester United,” said van Nistelrooy.
“He is already the most popular player at the club, he is the working-class hero, and I know he could be the new manager. And I think he will be a great manager.
“He is already the boss of Manchester United in the dressing room. When he comes in, he is the main man in there.
“He stays above all the other players and we accept that. And he takes all the decisions for the players.
“His football brain is perfect out on the pitch and in the dressing room.”
Van Nistelrooy, 26, told the News of the World that he was interested in signing a new long-term deal and hopes to end his career at Old Trafford.
“I feel at home here and I want to play as long as possible with this club or I know I will be very sorry when I’m an old man,” said van Nistelrooy.
“My contract ends on July 1, 2006 – the same day that I become 30 years old. But when the club wants to give me a new contract I will be happy to agree to stay longer.
“I will certainly never go to another English club – when you play for Manchester United there is no other English club.” – AFP