Gary Neville confuses Roy Keane with Spain icon during chat with Man Utd legend

Gary Neville has spent so much of his professional life with Roy Keane that he hears his name everywhere … at least that's how it seemed when he was chatting to Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The Dutchman, who scored 150 goals for Manchester United, is manager of PSV these days and was the subject of the latest episode of The Overlap.

Like always, Neville asked his former team-mate a few routine quickfire questions, but was awkwardly stumped when Van Nistelrooy revealed who 'the best character' he ever played with was.

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"Joaquin," he former striker revealed, to which a bemused Neville replied: "… Roy Keane?"

"No no, Joaquin," Van Nistelrooy clarified. "You know the one who is in [Real] Betis. I was in Malaga with him."

Van Nistelrooy joined United from PSV for a club-record £19m in 2001. He was at the club for five years, averaging a whopping 30-goals-a-season, and winning three major honours, including the Premier League in 2003.

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He moved to Real Madrid in 2006 just a few weeks after an alleged bust-up with Cristiano Ronaldo during training, where he criticised the Portugal star for hogging the ball during matches.

Ronaldo's move to the Bernabeu three years later, as well as the arrival of Karim Benzema, ultimately forced Van Nistelrooy to up sticks again, and he signed for Bundesliga club Hamburg, a move he explained to Neville was the "biggest regret" of his career.

Two years later he joined Malaga, where he spent the final season of his career, alongside Spanish winger Joaquin who, at the age of 41, is still going strong in La Liga and featured in both legs of United's Europa League victory over Betis earlier this month.

After hanging up his boots Van Nistelrooy returned to PSV as a youth team coach, and gradually climbed the ladder before being appointed manager of the club's second team, Jong PSV, in 2021, and last year, he was named manager of the first team following the departure of Roger Schmidt.


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