Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has played down reports in the Italian press linking him with a move to Milan.

The Red Devils’ top scorer was controversially left out of the side that won the Carling Cup final on Sunday, prompting speculation that he may be on the verge of leaving Old Trafford. But the prolific striker has dismissed talk of a move.

“So far, I haven’t played a bad season personally,” he told De Telegraaf.

“A form crisis or panic is absolute nonsense.

“I want to concentrate myself here on the Dutch national team. I want to go to the World Cup and I want to produce a good performance there.

“And I won’t answer any questions about stories which aren’t stories.”

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