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Wayne Rooney disagrees with Cristiano Ronaldo over Manchester United ‘top three’ target


Wayne Rooney has responded to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United comments (Pictures: Sky Sports)

Wayne Rooney has disagreed with Cristiano Ronaldo’s claim that Manchester United should be a top three team – insisting they have to be a ‘top one team’ instead.

United have largely flattered to deceive this season, first under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and now under Ralf Rangnick, and are just seventh in the Premier League ahead of Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa.

Ronaldo, who completed a sensational return to Old Trafford last summer, criticised United’s form in an interview with Sky Sports earlier in the week and reiterated that he re-signed for the club to add to his trophy collection.

‘Manchester United should win the league or be second or third. I don’t see other positions for Manchester United to be honest,’ Ronaldo said.

‘In my eyes, I don’t accept that our mentality be less than to be in the top three. We are capable to change things now.

‘I don’t know the specific way I’m a player, not the coach, the president, I know the way but I’m not going to mention it here because I think it’s not ethic [sic] from my part to say that.

‘What I can say and something I can say we are in control, we can do it better, all of us. Manchester belongs in important things, we have to change that.

‘I don’t want to be here in a club to fight to be in sixth or seventh or fifth place, I’m here to try to win, to compete.

‘I think we compete but we are not yet at our best level. Long way to improve and I believe if we change our mind, we can achieve big things.’

Rooney has a slightly different view, however, and says top-three finishes are not sufficient at a club like Manchester United.

‘Manchester United have to be a top one team, not top three, and I think that’s the demands the fans put on you, the demands that club has,’ Red Devils legend and Derby County boss Rooney said.

‘Of course they’re going through a very difficult period at the minute, 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 we come in with playing or working at Manchester United. That’s where they need to get back to. I’m sure they’re trying to do the right things to get them back to that place.’

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo has scored 14 goals and made three assists in 21 appearances for Manchester United this season.

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