Former Man United and Ronaldo teammate believes that the club must let the Portuguese forward go if they plan to build a successful team for the future.
Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly wants to leave Manchester United after United failure to qualify for the Champions League, though United have held firm on their stance that he won’t be sold.
Ronaldo will be turning 38 this season, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is not a long-term solution for the club according to Wayne Rooney.
Rooney has urged Manchester United to focus on a long-term view and replace their current best forward with a younger forward who can lead a title charge in the nearest future.
“I think Manchester United should let 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 isn’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.
“If the reports are true that Ronaldo wants to leave the club, then United should allow him to go and get a No 9 in who is going to be there for the next three or four years and help them build a team that can be successful. Ten Hag has to be given time to do it.”Wayne Rooney
Ronaldo scored 24 goals across all competitions last season, he was arguably Manchester United best player last season, although United finished sixth under first Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then interim boss Ralf Rangnick
The new gaffer Ten Hag said he was happy to have a “top striker” like Cristiano Ronaldo in his squad and looking forward to working with him.