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Manchester United news: Arsenal legend Thierry Henry responds to Ruud van Nistelrooy Golden Boot claim

Thierry Henry won the Golden Boot in four of the five years Van Nistelrooy was in England (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has played down his rivalry with former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and insists he was nowhere near as obsessed with topping the scoring charts as the Dutchman.

The pair fought for the Golden Boot for five consecutive seasons following Van Nistelrooy’s £19m move to United from PSV Eindhoven in 2001.

Henry came out on top in Van Nistelrooy’s first year at Old Trafford but the Dutchman claimed his first Golden Boot in 2003 when the Red Devils reclaimed the Premier League title.

However, Henry won the next three meaning he won the award in four of the five years the former Real Madrid man was at United.

Henry provided a record-breaking amount of assists in the 2003/04 season (Picture: Getty)

Despite the Frenchman’s supremacy, Rio Ferdinand recently claimed it was Van Nistelrooy that was obsessed with coming out on top and his mood would sour after matches if he realised Henry had matched or surpassed his exploits in the previous 90 minutes.

Henry insists he was unaware of Van Nistelrooy’s obsession and the…