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COMPETITION: How Prolific Was Ruud In The White Shirt?

RoM are backing the idea of resisting purchasing the latest Manchester United shirt as another attack in getting the Glazers out of the club. We’re not preaching or telling any other red what they should do, but if you’re undecided, read the thinking behind this.

Every week over the summer we will be giving away a pre-Glazer United shirt as a way of encouraging people to dig out their old shirts, buy off eBay, or wear another United-related t-shirt, instead of going out and buying the newest shirt.

We offer our congratulations to Colton McCann from Las Vegas for winning the first shirt in our summer give away, the 1996-1998 shirt.

Our second shirt on offer is the away shirt from the 2002-2003 season which United were wearing the night Ruud van Nistelrooy scored a brilliant goal against FC Basel in our 3-1 away win.

Question: How man goals did Ruud score in Europe that season?

Send your full name, address and shirt size to The winner of the competition will be asked to take a picture of themselves wearing the shirt once it arrives to be posted up on the blog (you can cut your face off the picture if you’re camera shy).

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. denton davey says:

    Who cares about “the new shirt” – it’s just a money-maker. The guys in the shirts make the diffierence. Of course, I’m not underestimating the nostalgic/romantic attraction of “the shirt” but, like most of you, what attracts me to it is its history, tradition, and long run of excellence under SAF’s stewardship.

  2. huzi says:

    is this competition only for UK users, because im from South Africa?

  3. Pryce says:

    If people don’t buy the shirts then it hurts the club even more, I’m all for the idea of mew owners but they aren’t obviously selling! We’ve been very successful since 2005! The only way were gonna get out of this mess is by a middle eastern billionaire to buy the club, then were just the same as city, if we win the prem this year then it will prove that money mean nothing! Which were all preaching because city have so much!

  4. Steve_G says:

    unfortunately for me in a US size XXL-tall and that dosnt translate into euro jerseys sizes well, all i have that ive found that fits me is like a black AIG practice jersey, unfortunately for me ive only been a fan for about 7-8 years now and i dont own anything pre-glazer nor can i find a proper size

  5. bigphil2003 says:

    Loved that shirt, had it in long sleeve with Forlan 21 on the back :)

    Glad to see you mention Ruud’s goal against Basel too Scott, it’s one of my favourites that hardly ever gets mentioned.

  6. marsy the red says:

    I remember this season so well and the game against Basel and Forlan’s brace against the scousers are two games thta will live long in my memory

  7. Passe_Mouraille says:

    Just took a trip down memory lane. Absolutely brilliant stuff from RUUUUUUUUD!

  8. swapnil says:

    a bit off the topic but 2 biggest news in last 2 days were rmad releasing both guti and raul.reading these news i felt so proud of being a utd fan,i mean its not that both these players were retiring.they could have played another season at least in 1st team and would have been excellent squad players but madrid officials have no respect for these legends contribution for the club.they have released them even when both the players wanted to continue playing.anyways my point is we would never do this to our legends.i mean ryan,scholes,gary have all reached the end of their career.gary has not even played a third of the games in last 3 seasons but we have been offering them new deals for as long as they want to continue and they will probably join old trafford coaching staff as soon as they retire like ole.for me this is how LEGENDS should be treated and not thrown out just because they can’t be as good as they were in their golden days!!!

  9. denton davey says:

    swapnil – I think that UTD have been willing to continue with Giggs, Scholes and Neville because the guys who are supposed to replace them haven’t been able to step up that extra level in their games. SAF is always willing to gamble on “kids” but those kids have to be able to justify the gamble, if they don’t – or can’t do that – then he has kept the three amigos around as insurance. I would imagine that if Rafael, Obertan, and, perhaps, Cleverley can step up this season then Gary, Ryan and the GingerNinja will ride off into the sunset with the succession sorted. In Madrid, in contrast, there is a strong sense that Raul and Guti have not been team players and that their best days are well-and-truly behind them. And, of course, having a new coach with a new (and very big) broom only accelerated the push out the door. So, I don’t think that the comparison is really so obvious – a more relevant comparison would be UTD/ACMilan and their willingness to keep on Seedorf, Maldini, Inzaghi, and others who were past their “best by” dates but not properly replaced by newcomers.

  10. willierednut says:

    Of topic, Is anyone else a bit worried about our lack of pace at the back? With Rio missing the first month of the season, it’s gonna be Jonny and Vidic, who both lack real pace and i’m concerned that any team with quick strikers will pose us problems.

  11. arijc says:

    willierednut – They aren’t that slow. A fully fit Torres is a different proposition than any other striker.

  12. Costas says:

    The other question is how quick Rio is nowdays. I don’t think speed is the issue though. What’s more important is that we have a central pairing that communicates well and know how to cover for each other.

  13. denton davey says:

    I agree with Arjic – the LadyBoy is super-fast WHEN he plays fully fit. Even Rio has had problems with his pace.

    On Ruud goals – my favourite was the one he scored against Fulham, starting at the half-way line and running through and past most of the opposition players. Still, he did score the goal when he was inside the penalty area !

  14. parjo says:

    Where can I find the last competition winner? I tried to find in original post but couldn’t find it.

  15. EvilWacko says:

    Is the competition also available for those from Bangladesh?

  16. anderson08 says:

    I need to win this one :D
    If I do, I will give it to my father as a present for his birthday :D

  17. swapnil says:

    @denton davey
    on a second thought,i actually agree with you mate..maybe its because i’m so full of hatred for madrid i think like that…and maybe my hatred for madrid is so much because every year they are able to spend crazy money on new star players(god knows how) and we can’t even afford to make a single meaningful signing.


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