Ruud van Nistelrooy calls support for Manuel Pellegrini at Man City
Ruud van Nistelrooy has backed Manuel Pellergini for the Manchester City job. The former Manchester United striker, who played under Manuel Pellegrini at Real Madrid and Malaga, has asked Manchester City fans not to judge the new Eastlands boss by lack of success and silverware in Europe.
Manuel Pellegrini, who will be getting the official welcome letter by Manchester City this week, has only won the Intertoto Cup in his nine years in Spain. Nonetheless, Ruud van Nistelrooy believes Manuel Pellegrini is an expert at bringing the best out of an under-achieving side. The Dutchman also believes that Manuel Pellegrini’s attacking style of play will compliment with the current Manchester City squad.
“He had one season at Real Madrid but what stands out on his record is the work he did at Villarreal and Malaga,” Ruud van Nistelrooy said.
“Obviously they are not the biggest clubs in Spain but he consistently qualified for the Europa League and even the Champions League and did well in those competitions so I think that is what he should be judged on. You can't judge him on trophies because he wasn't at Barcelona or at Real [for very long] to win trophies.
“At Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga, he played with very offensive full-backs, with wide players coming inside, full-backs overlapping and two strikers up front. It is an attractive style of football and in that sense I'm sure he will get that and eventually succeed at City.”
Manuel Pellegrini has been named “the engineer” in the football community for his ability to construct a team from scratch, bring good performances and revamp the club.
“He's an architect in his profession,” Ruud van Nistelrooy added. “He constructs and he analyses things. He builds a team. He's got his people with him and I reckon he will bring them to City with him so he will implement his style and way of working to the players and he will be very consistent with it. He won't change that for anyone.
“The way he works with players is to structurally improve the team, making players better and, if necessary, getting players in where he thinks the team needs to improve for the way he wants to play.”