Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney during his uncensored viral interview with Piers Morgan.
Ronaldo returned to Man United last year in a bid to help take the club back to the club but the initial plans happened the opposite, which saw the Red Devils sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, finish outside the top-four and go trophyless.
Although he finished as the top goalscorer in the first season of his second spell with 24 goals in all competitions, not everyone was convinced by his impact, with many claiming his return has done more harm than good to the team.
Wayne Rooney, like many others, has relentlessly urged Manchester United to part ways with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner because he’s not the type of player he once was during his prime years.
The former England striker believes Ronaldo also plays a role in United’s poor form because he doesn’t have the energy to press the way Erik ten Hag wants from his attackers, hence suggesting the Red Devils need to let him go and sign a younger striker.
Ronaldo has hit back at his former team-mate, claiming that the former England international feels jealous because he’s still playing at top level whilst at 37 years of age.
“I don’t know why he criticises me so badly… probably because he finished his career and I’m still playing at high level,” Ronaldo told Piers Morgan.
“I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him. Which is true…”
What Wayne Rooney said of Ronaldo earlier this year: “I think he’s scored goals, he’s scored important goals in the Champions League early on in the season. He scored the hat-trick against Tottenham.
“But I think if you look to the future of the club you would have to go with younger, hungry players to do the best to lift Manchester United over these next two, three years.
“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.