Ronaldo’s former Red Devils teammate doesn’t share his opinion of a top-three finish in the Premier League being good enough for the club.
Wayne Rooney disagrees with Cristiano Ronaldo’s claim Manchester United should be a top-three side, insisting the Red Devils are a ‘top one team’.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Ronaldo gave his honest opinion of the club’s form since his return last summer that saw him discuss issues such as recent results, the team’s mentality, and the challenges that still await.
One of the big talking points from Ronaldo’s interview was when he said that he won’t accept United finishing outside the top-three in the Premier League.
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“Manchester United should win the league or be second or third. I don’t see any other position for Manchester United,” the Portuguese said.
“In my heart, I don’t accept that our mentality be less than being in the top three in the Premier League, in my opinion.”
Rooney has a different opinion
However, speaking in a pre-match press conference before Derby’s Championship game against Sheffield United on Saturday, Rooney revealed he has a slightly different opinion to Ronaldo’s.
“Manchester United have to be a top one team, not top three, and I think that’s the demands the fans put on you, the demands that club has,” Rooney said.
“Of course, they’re going through a very difficult period at the minute, but make no mistake that’s a club that has to be winning championships.
“It has to be winning trophies, and that’s the pressure we come in with playing or working at Manchester United. That’s where they need to get back to. I’m sure they’re trying to do the right things to get them back to that place.”
Ronaldo and Rooney were teammates at Old Trafford between 2004 and 2009. The pair built a lethal partnership together, leading to eight major trophies – including three Premier League titles and the Champions League.