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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 May, 2005, 07:42 GMT 08:42 UK
Van Nistelrooy bemoans lost power
Ruud van Nistelrooy
Ruud van Nistelrooy concedes he has lost his powers in front of goal.

The Manchester United striker has scored just four times since returning in late February from a three-month lay-off with an Achilles injury.

"Before my injury, scoring prolifically always seemed completely normal to me, but I've realised it wasn't normal.

"Scoring a load of goals is routine for some strikers, but scoring absolutely all the time - as I did last season - is not normal at all," he said.

"It is something super-extreme.

"Now I know that the scoring powers I had last season were not normal."

Van Nistlerooy scored 30 goals in all competitions in 2003/04 and helped United win the FA Cup final with a brace.

But this term, in a stop-start campaign, he has found the net just 16 times and his misses in Saturday's FA Cup final against Arsenal proved costly as the Red Devils finished the season empty-handed.


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