Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Ruud van Nistelrooy for breaking Denis Law’s European goals record for the club.

Van Nistelrooy scored goals 29 and 30 in last night’s 2-2 draw with Lyon, top ecllipse themark of 28 set by Law in the 1960’s. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the Dutch striker’s record is that it has been achieved in just 334 matches for United.

“Denis Law was one of the greatest players of all time – but van Nistelrooy is fantastic.

“I can’t praise him enough in what was only his second game in four months.”

“We all know Ruud is a fantastic goalscorer. He has broken records already and will continue to do so.

“But his greatest achievement here was to play almost a full game, take a number of challenges, some of which were really unfair, and also score two goals.

“Having not played any real football in almost four months, that was a remarkable feat in itself.”