Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has plaed down reports that he had falllen out with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson after being dropped for the Carling Cup final.

Van Nistelrooy was left on the bench during Sunday’s 4-0 victory over Wigan with Louis Saha taing his place up front.

“The manager told me before the game that I wasn’t playing,” he said.

“I was very disappointed but I could understand why he wanted to play Louis because he has been playing very well in the competition this season.

“You have to accept the decision as a professional player.

“There is no problem between me and the manager. I cheered the first two goals with everyone else on the bench and I was happy for the team.

“I’ve heard suggestions I was acting. Well, if I was, then I’m the best actor in Holland.

“I’ve scored a lot of goals this season and feel I’ve been playing well and I hope to be back in the team to play Wigan on Monday. I expect to play the league matches.”

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