Cristiano Ronaldo hits back at ‘jealous’ Wayne Rooney after his former team-mate insisted the forward’s return has not benefitted Man United and called for the veteran superstar to be replaced by ‘younger, hungry players’
- Wayne Rooney claimed Cristiano Ronaldo’s return has not benefitted Man United
- The United legend called for the forward to be replaced by younger players
- The Portugal international hit back at his former team-mate on social media
- The 37-year-old replied to Rooney’s post on Instagram, branding him ‘jealous’
Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at Wayne Rooney after he suggest Manchester United move on without the Portuguese star at the end of the season.
Rooney delivered a scathing attack of the forward on Monday following the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw against Leicester City at the weekend.
On Sky Sports, the United legend 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 Man United return
The Derby boss later posted a photo of him on Monday Night Football alongside Jamie Carragher and presenter David Jones to Instagram.
Ronaldo took the opportunity to hit back at Rooney’s criticism on the show as he commented on the post, writing: ‘Two Jealous.’
On the programme, Rooney assessed Ronaldo’s impact since he returned to England and conceded that the move has failed to pay off for the Red Devils.
Rooney (right) posted a photo of him on Monday Night Football alongside Jamie Carragher (left) and presenter David Jones (centre) to Instagram
Ronaldo took the chance to hit back as he commented on the post, writing: ‘Two Jealous’
‘You’d have to say no,’ Rooney said, when asked if Ronaldo coming back to the Premier League had benefitted United.
‘He’s scored, he’s scored important goals in the Champions League games early on in the season. He scored the hat-trick against Tottenham.
‘But I think if you’re looking to the future of the club, you have to go with younger, hungry players to do their best to lift Manchester United over these next two or three years.’
The United legend believes the club should replace Ronaldo with ‘younger, hungry players’
‘And obviously Cristiano is getting on a bit. He certainly isn’t the player he was when he was in his 20s. And that happens, that’s football. He’s a goal threat but I think the rest of the game they need more, they need young, hungry players.
‘I think they’ve got good young players. I think Sancho will be better next year, I think Marcus will be better next year.
‘They’ve got good young players, I think Jesse Lingard should be playing for them because he brings energy, he brings quality. Scott McTominay has done well, so they have got some good young players.
‘They just have to get that confidence, get them believing they are good players and perform at a better level and then obviously whoever the new manager is he’ll bring his own players in and try to rebuild that group.’