Cristiano Ronaldo hits back at ‘jealous’ Wayne Rooney after his former team-mate insisted the striker’s return has not benefited Man United and demanded the veteran superstar be replaced with ‘younger and better players’. hungry”.
- Wayne Rooney claimed Cristiano Ronaldo return didn’t benefit Man United
- The United legend has called for the striker to be replaced by younger players
- The Portugal international hit back at his former team-mate on social media
- The 37-year-old responded to Rooney’s post on Instagram, calling him ‘jealous’
Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at Wayne Rooney after he suggested Manchester United go on without the Portuguese star at the end of the season.
Rooney launched a stinging attack from the striker on Monday following the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw with Leicester City at the weekend.
On Sky Sports, the United legend has called for Ronaldo to leave this summer alongside midfielder Paul Pogba, claiming his return has not benefited the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo (above) has hit back at Wayne Rooney’s criticism of his return to Man United
The Derby boss then posted a photo of himself on Monday Night Football alongside Jamie Carragher and presenter David Jones on Instagram.
Ronaldo took the opportunity to respond to Rooney’s criticism of the show by commenting on the post, writing: “Two Jealous”.
On the programme, Rooney assessed Ronaldo’s impact since returning to England and admitted the move had not paid off for the Red Devils.
Rooney (right) posted a picture of himself on Monday Night Football alongside Jamie Carragher (left) and presenter David Jones (centre) on Instagram
Ronaldo took the opportunity to retaliate by commenting on the message, writing: “Two jealous”
“You should say no,” Rooney said, when asked if Ronaldo’s return to the Premier League had benefited United.
“He scored, he scored important goals in the Champions League games at the start of the season. He scored the hat-trick against Tottenham.
“But I think if you’re looking at the future of the club, you have to pick younger, hungry players to do their best to lift Manchester United over the next two or three years.”
United legend thinks club should replace Ronaldo with ‘younger, hungry players’
“And obviously Cristiano is getting away with it a bit. He’s definitely not the player he was when he was 20. And that happens, that’s football. He’s a goal threat, but I think for the rest of the game they need more, they need hungry young players.
“I think they have good young players. I think Sancho will be better next year, I think Marcus will be better next year.
“They have good young players, I think Jesse Lingard should play for them because he brings energy, he brings quality. Scott McTominay has played well, so they have good young players.
“They just have to have that confidence, make them believe they’re good players and perform at a better level, and then obviously whoever the new manager is, he’ll bring his own players and try to rebuild that squad.”