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Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has hit out at former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, saying he should just get his head down and work. Ronaldo has endured a torrid season at Manchester United and has shown questionable behavior, according to Rooney.
Rooney tells Ronaldo to get his head down and work (AP)
By India Today Web Desk: Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has hit out at former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, saying he should just get his head down and work. Ronaldo has endured a torrid season at Manchester United and has shown questionable behavior, according to Rooney.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Rooney said Ronaldo needs to get his head down and be ready to play whenever the manager needs him.
“For Cristiano, just get your head down and work and be ready to play when the manager needs you. If he does that, he will be an asset. If he doesn’t, it will become an unwanted distraction,” said Rooney.
The 37-year-old called Ronaldo one of the best players of all time but said his behavior at Manchester United lately has been unacceptable.
“Him and Messi are arguably the two best players of all time and you can go either way with that, whatever way you decide. But I just think the things he has done from the start of the season, is not acceptable for Manchester United,” Rooney added.
Rooney also criticized former Manchester United captain Roy Keane for coming in support of Ronaldo’s antics.
“I’ve seen Roy Keane defending him. Roy wouldn’t accept that. Roy wouldn’t accept that at all. It is a distraction which Manchester United don’t need at the minute, when they are trying to rebuild,” said Rooney.
Finally, the former Derby County coach said Erik Ten Hag has done well at Manchester United, insisting the Dutchman has stamped his authority on the team.
“I think Ten Hag has done really well. He’s come in and stamped his authority on the team, and for the first time in about two or three years I’m starting to see an identity with Manchester United which I haven’t seen in the last two or three years. He’s the right man for the job. I think it will take time but it’s a real step in the right direction to finish in that top four and get Champions League football again,” Rooney added.
Manchester United currently sit fifth in the league table, with 23 points from their opening 13 matches.