Wayne Rooney warns Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he HAS to win big titles this season following Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Old Trafford… and insists Man United players will have to work harder alongside the superstar
- Cristiano Ronaldo has completed a medical in Lisbon ahead of his United return
- Manchester United have yet to win any silverware under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane have already joined United for a total £115m
- Former Red Devil Wayne Rooney believes Ronaldo still ‘wants to be the best’
Wayne Rooney has claimed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cannot afford to go another season without a trophy at Manchester United following Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return to Old Trafford.
The 36-year-old edged a step closer to completing his move to United from Juventus at the weekend after undergoing a medical in Lisbon and is expected to be in contention to make his second debut against Newcastle after the international break.
Man United have seen a steady progression under Solskjaer but have yet to end their silverware drought during the manager’s tenure.
Wayne Rooney has warned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) he has to win trophies after signing Cristiano Ronaldo (left)
The Derby manager (left) believes his former United team-mate still wants to be the best
And, after a blockbuster window, in which Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho already joined the side, Rooney believes his former team-mate no longer has any excuse.
‘Ole will certainly know that he’s in a position now where he needs to start winning these big titles with the players that he’s brought in,’ Rooney said, as quoted by The Guardian.
‘[Ronaldo] still one of the best players in the world,’ he added.
The Derby manager also warned Ronaldo’s new team-mates that they will have to work harder to play alongside the five-time Bollon d’Or winner who still ‘wants to be the best’.
‘Where would I play him? As a striker,’ Rooney added. ‘He’s a striker and the other nine outfield players behind him will probably have to do a little bit more work because when you’ve got someone like Cristiano you want him fresh around the box.
Solskjaer has already brought in Jadon Sancho (left) and Raphael Varane (right) this summer
Ronaldo was close to leaving Juventus for Manchester City last week before United swooped in
‘He still wants to be the best and I’m sure he will have a big impact on them this season.
‘When you bring someone in like Cristiano what it does for the players is bring in that winning mentality every day to the club.
‘For the likes of young players like Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay to have Cristiano would be a big help for them.’
When asked if the Portugal captain could propel United to the league title and end their quest for their first trophy in four years, Rooney answered: ‘Yes, he has won titles everywhere he has been so he is going to be huge. He will score goals and I’m sure he will be on penalties [too].’
Ronaldo won three Premier League titles and the Champions League with Man United
The United hierarchy made their move once it appeared Ronaldo was all set to move to City
Ronaldo seemed destined to join Manchester City last week but in a dramatic turn of events, he switched the league champions for his former side.
The Red Devils had no intention of signing Ronaldo this summer but moved for him because they could not bear the thought of him playing for Man City, according to reports.
Rooney said he was confident his old team-mate wouldn’t join their bitter rivals because it ‘didn’t seem right’.
‘I just felt there was no way he was ever going to sign for Manchester City. I just felt it didn’t seem right, it didn’t feel like it was ever going to happen. His agent did his job because I knew that the minute there was any hope of him going for Man City, United would never let it happen.’
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