"He would have been about seventeen. Back then he said that he'd be the best player in the world," recalled Van Nistelrooy.
"He is vain and not just a little.
"In the dressing room he made sure that he looked quite sleek, styled from head to toe. He was also a really nice guy in the locker room. Always cheerful, joking, full of jokes. A great colleague. I did not perceive him as arrogant.
"He was very open to advice at Manchester. Like the others I have also talked to him."