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Ian Whittell

Ruud’s fate to be decided after Old Trafford walkout

Ruud van Nistelrooy will know by Tuesday at the latest if he has any future at Manchester United after walking out of the ground rather than appear as a substitute. The 29-year-old, scorer of 150 goals in 200 starts for United since joining in a £19-million transfer from PSV Eindhoven five years ago, left the ground after discovering he had been left out of the team.

Ferguson on the defensive after win

Alex Ferguson refused to be drawn into a debate about Manchester United's tactics following their important 2-1 victory over Benfica in the Champions League group game at Old Trafford last night. The long-serving United manager saw his team go top of Group D with goals from Ryan Giggs and, five minutes from time, a scrambled winner from Ruud van Nistelrooy.

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