Ian Hawkey, who I understand has a soft spot for Fulham, paints a worrying picture of Ruud van Nistelrooy’s potency for Hamburg in today’s Sunday Times. Of course, the former Manchester United man likes scoring against the Whites.

Hawkey chose to highlight his much-heralded mazy dribble away from a trail of Fulham defenders that has been drooled over ever since. He doesn’t mention the crafty use of his trailing arm to deliver a sneaky elbow to Sylvain Legwinski as the Frenchman tried to close him down.

Our first game back in the top flight seems ages ago but I can remember it as clear as day. Louis Saha lobbing the keeper delightfully and then scoring a second for as the newcomers retook the lead at Old Trafford. Of course, we all know that van Nistelrooy popped up with a couple of goals to pinch the three points.

Charged with stopping him on Thursday, will be Brede Hangeland and Aaron Hughes. Over to you, boys.