Wayne Rooney tells Cristiano Ronaldo that Manchester United are ‘one of the best teams – not the top three’

‘Manchester United must be one of the best teams, not the top three’: Wayne Rooney hits back at Cristiano Ronaldo’s assessment of the Red Devils and insists they should win the Premier League title EVERY season

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed Man United should accept nothing less than the third
  • The Red Devils are currently seventh in the table and Ronaldo wants to improve
  • Wayne Rooney disagrees with Ronaldo and claims United are ‘first team’
  • Ex-United captain says club should win titles every season











Wayne Rooney has corrected Cristiano Ronaldo’s claim that Manchester United must be a top three team – insisting they should only strive to be a top team.

Portugal striker Ronaldo has claimed in an interview that anything less than third place would be a failure at Old Trafford as seventh-placed United continue to struggle this season.

But Rooney, the Red Devils’ all-time leading goalscorer, now manager at Derby, believes the bar set by Ronaldo in this interview is too low – and that United should be fighting for the top-flight titles every season.

Wayne Rooney (right) has told Cristiano Ronaldo that Manchester United are a ‘top 1 team’ – not a top three team

Ronaldo insists anything less than third place would be a failure for United this season

Ronaldo insists anything less than third place would be a failure for United this season

“Manchester United must be one of the best teams, not the top three,” Rooney told a press conference in Derby. “These are the demands that the fans place on you, the demands of the club.

“Of course they are going through a difficult time but, make no mistake, this is a club that needs to win championships.” You have to win trophies and it’s the pressure to come and play or work for Manchester United.

“That’s the level they need to get back to. I’m sure they’ll do whatever it takes to get them back to this place.

“Manchester United should win the league or be second or third,” he told Premier League Productions. “I don’t see any other positions for Manchester United to be honest, I can’t see.

But former United captain Rooney (above) thinks Ronaldo's bar for United's level is too low

But former United captain Rooney (above) thinks Ronaldo’s bar for United’s level is too low

“In my eyes, I don’t accept that our mentality is less than being in the top three of the Premier League.”

Ronaldo reportedly hoped for the title when he returned to Old Trafford last summer, but United are already 22 points behind leaders Manchester City, seventh at mid-season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paid the price for a terrible five-game losing streak in seven games earlier in the campaign, with interim boss Ralf Rangnick replacing him at the helm last month.

Ronaldo gave his back to caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick (left) but insisted there had to be changes

Ronaldo gave his back to caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick (left) but insisted there had to be changes

United have since taken 13 of a possible 18 points under their new manager, and Ronaldo – who has scored 14 goals in 21 games this season – believe they must now continue and finish near the top.

“I don’t want to be here at a club fighting to be sixth, seventh or fifth, I’m here to try to win, to compete. I think we are in competition but we are not yet at our point. best level, ”he said.

“A long way to improve and I believe that if we change our mind we can achieve great things.”

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