Dutch striker sees culture shift at Eastlands.
Former Manchester United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy has backed Manuel Pellegrini’s move to Manchester City to result in success, The Sun reports.
The Chilean boss is expected to be named as the new manager at City this week and Van Nistelrooy, who played under him at both Real Madrid and Malaga, believes that he has what it takes to make the club serious title contenders again.
“I can only talk from my own experience, half a season under him at Madrid and the last season of my career at Malaga,” he said.
“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.”