DERBY manager Wayne Rooney has corrected fellow Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo insisting that the club should be winning titles.
Rooney and Ronaldo spent five years playing together at United and won a raft of silverware, such as three Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League.
Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo became Manchester United greats during their time at the clubCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Many though that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s return to Old Trafford would bring the club back to its former glory but the Red Devils are still languishing.
The Portugal captain claimed United need to be a top-three side at worst, but Rooney insists the Manchester giants should be “top-one team”.
The record United scorer also piled pressure on interim manager Ralf Rangnick insisting he still needs to find a way to win trophies.
Rooney said: “Manchester United have to be a top-one team, not top three.
“That’s the demands which the fans put on you, the demands that the club has.
“Of course, they’re going through a difficult period but, make no mistake, that’s a club that has to be winning championships.
“It has to be winning trophies and that’s the pressure with coming and playing or working for Manchester United.
“That’s the level they need to be back to. I’m sure they’ll do the right things to get them back to that place.”
This comes after Ronaldo questioned United’s mentality amid a turbulent season, which includes rumours of a dressing room rift.
The star forward also hinted his return could be short-lived as he doesn’t want to be at a club fighting “to be in sixth place, or seventh place”.
Ronaldo recently said: “Manchester United should win the league, or be in second or third. I don’t see other positions for Manchester United to be honest, I don’t see it.
Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney corrected Cristiano Ronaldo’s top-three claimCredit: Getty
“In my eyes, I don’t accept that our mentality be less than to be in the top three in the Premier League in my opinion.”
Ronaldo added: “I don’t want to be here at the club to fight to be in sixth place, or seventh place or fifth place.
“I’m here to try to win, to compete and I think we [do] compete, but we are not yet at our best level.
“But we have a long way to improve and I believe that if we change our mind, we can achieve big things.”
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