‘It’s a shame the way it ended up… but I don’t think that takes anything away from his legacy at the club’: DC United manager Wayne Rooney insists Cristiano Ronaldo’s hero status at Manchester United is secure despite ‘getting What he wants”. by forcing out
DC United coach and Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has once again criticized Cristiano Ronaldo’s second spell with the team, saying “It’s a shame how it ended.”
It’s been well documented that Ronaldo’s second spell at Manchester didn’t go as planned as he forced his way away from the team after repeatedly clashing with manager Erik ten Hag.
“I think what he’s done for Manchester United is fantastic. He won the Premier League, he won the Champions League, he scored a lot of goals,” said Rooney.
So I think certainly for the fans and certainly for the players, his former teammates who have played with him since my time in particular, we will never forget what he did for Manchester United.
“In my eyes, he will always be a legend at the club and it’s a shame the way he ended up of course this time around. But I don’t think that takes anything away from his legacy at the club.”
DC United boss Wayne Rooney has called Cristiano Ronaldo’s second spell a ‘disgrace’.
Rooney and Ronaldo won three Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League Cup while playing together
Rooney and Ronaldo once took to the field together for several seasons in Manchester when they won three Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League Cup.
Since then, Ronaldo has gone on to establish himself as one of the game’s all-time greats with Real Madrid, while Rooney has conspicuously retired and moved into management.
Last year, Rooney took over as DC at the end of the season hoping he could help the team improve from being one of the worst teams in Major League Soccer.
They are currently tied for 13th in the MLS Eastern Conference with just four points through five games and a record of 1-1-3.
Ronaldo moved to play in Saudi Arabia on a huge contract with Al-Nassr, where he scored nine goals this season.
Despite his feelings, Rooney still believes Manchester United did the right thing by terminating Ronaldo’s contract.
For Manchester United it was important to get going as quickly as possible and really refocus on the group of players that were there and wanted to be there.
“And I think that’s where (Eric) Ten Hag has done a really good job of refocusing the players and getting them into a position where they are, obviously, comfortably in the top four, and also win the (Carabao) Cup.”
Ronaldo made his way out of United during his second spell after an epically unsuccessful spell
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