Wayne Rooney has urged his former club Manchester United to allow Cristiano Ronaldo to leave the club this summer if the player wants to do so.
Ronaldo told United in July that he wants to leave after just one season at Old Trafford in order to continue playing Champions League football, but has so far been unable to find a new club.
Now the five-time Ballon d’Or winner could be in line to start today for United in their opening game of the season against Brighton, with Anthony Martial out injured.
However, United legend Rooney has advised his former club to end the Ronaldo transfer saga and try to build a team for the future that can challenge for the Premier League title in the coming years.
“I think United should let Cristiano Ronaldo go. It’s not like Ronaldo can’t play in a Ten Hag team. He can play in any team. Ronny will always score you goals,” Rooney initially told The Times.
“But my personal view is that United are not ready to challenge for the title now, so the aim should 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 Cristiano wants to leave the club then United should let him go and get a No 9 who will be there for the next three or four years and help them build a team that can be successful. Ten Hague should be given time to do it”, concluded the former English striker.