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Van Nistelrooy backs Pellegrini

Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy believes potential incoming coach Manuel Pellegrini will be a success if he finalises a deal with City.

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Van Nistelrooy worked with the Chilean at his most recent club, Malaga, as well a brief stint at Real Madrid.

Pellegrini has confirmed he is set to begin talks with City about taking over from Roberto Mancini, and Van Nistelrooy says the move would be positive for club and coach.

"I can only talk from my own experience, half a season under him at Madrid and the last season of my career at Malaga," said Van Nistelrooy.

"The experience was really good and on a professional level and a personal level I rate him very highly.

"I think he proved at Villarreal and with Malaga that he can build a new team and get things moving. He can create a structure and culture at the club whereby things get better.

"So in that sense - and even though this is me speaking as an ex-United player - I think he will build something at City.

"I don't know what his plans are for City, I only know the way he has worked in the past. I know him as a person and, for me, he's up there with the best.

"He dealt with the expectation at Madrid. He got a record number of points for them in the season he was there.

"I think he's used to expectation and the fact is he's got so much experience over the years, so I don't think the pressure will be a problem for him.

"I think with the squad City have and with him in charge - he will maybe need a bit of time - but I think they will do well."

Van Nistelrooy scored United's only goal in a 2-1 defeat against Real Madrid in a Red Heart Legends match at the weekend.

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