Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Wayne Rooney sends Cristiano Ronaldo brutal truth amid “difficult” Man Utd concern

Wayne Rooney sends Cristiano Ronaldo brutal truth amid “difficult” Man Utd concern

Cristiano Ronaldo must be patient, according to Wayne Rooney, to earn more opportunities at Manchester United  after drawing another blank on Thursday night.

The 37-year-old hasn’t started a Premier League game since United’s 4-0 thrashing of Brentford on August 13, with Erik ten Hag preferring to use Marcus Rashford in that central berth.

Rashford has scored three goals and provided one assist in his last five league games, proving that the formula works.

Rashford was named Premier League Player of the Month for September after a string of outstanding performances, and he added two more goals in United’s 3-2 Europa League victory over Omonia Nicosia.

In the same game, Ronaldo blew a golden opportunity to score his 700th career goal, hitting the post from close range when it appeared that it would be easier to miss than score.

Ten Hag has decided to give Ronaldo more opportunities in Europe after the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was benched in United’s 6-3 loss to Manchester City last weekend.

It was a new low for Ronaldo, as Ten Hag chose to bring in five others instead, but Rooney has urged Ronaldo to remain patient at Manchester United.

“The manager’s obviously gone a different way in terms of how they’re playing and been successful,” Rooney said in his DC United press conference.

“Cristiano… him and (Lionel) Messi are two of the greatest players to ever play the game, but ultimately time catches up with us all.

“He’s obviously not the player he was when he was 22 or 23, for instance. It’s a tough one for him.

“Knowing him, it’ll be very difficult for him to sit on the bench… I’m sure if he stays patient, his chance will come and, again, it’s then obviously him taking those chances and trying to force his way back in.”

Despite failing to score in Cyprus, Ten Hag was impressed with Ronaldo’s overall performance and believes he will score his first goal from open play since April soon.

“I think they were on target as well,” Ten Hag said when reminded of Ronaldo’s impotence. “The first two, good saves from the goalie, so he had a couple of chances, he created a couple of chances.

“He was involved with a good run with the first goal for Marcus Rashford, so he had an impact in this game. I think we created a lot of chances tonight, we count them only in the first-half already 14, so there was a lot of threat to the opponent’s goal.”

Wayne Rooney sends Cristiano Ronaldo brutal truth amid “difficult” Man Utd concern