Rooney tells Erik Ten Hag what to do with Cristiano Ronaldo amid transfer saga
Former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has asked the Man United manager to show Cristiano Ronaldo the door before the closure of the summer transfer.
Thirty-seven-year-old Ronaldo is said to have been pushing to leave Old Trafford this summer as he desires to play for a team in the Champions League.
But the Portugal captain is yet to find a top club in Europe, with the likes of Chelsea, Barcelona and Bayern Munich all backing out.
Ronaldo is said to have told Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag that he is ready to go all out against Brighton this weekend as he looks set to remain at Old Trafford.
But Rooney thinks it was time to say goodbye to the football icon, urging United to offload his former teammate before the transfer window closes.
“United are doing everything to bring Frenkie de Jong in and they could certainly do with a midfielder. A No. 9 too,” Rooney said in his column for The Sunday Times.
“I think United should let Cristiano Ronaldo go. It’s not that Ronaldo can’t play in a Ten Hag team. He can play in any team. Ronny will always score you goals.
“But my personal view is that United aren’t ready to challenge for the title now, so the aim has to be to build a team that can win the league in the next three to four years, and you have to plan for that,” he said.