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Cristiano Ronaldo responds to ‘jealous’ Wayne Rooney after ex-Manchester United team-mate’s comments on Old Trafford return


Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have shut down Wayne Rooney’s comments that his return to Manchester United ‘didn’t work out’.

Rooney made the claims on Monday Night Football earlier this week, prompting a reaction from former Old Trafford teammate Ronaldo on Instagram.

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Ronaldo has been key for Man United this season and is still scoring, but the team have struggled

After joining the club in the 2021 summer transfer window, Ronaldo had high hopes of helping the Red Devils become the team they once were under Sir Alex Ferguson.

But, for several reasons, the club failed to live up to expectations and instead of competing for the Premier League title, they face a battle to secure their Champions League status.

Defensively they were all over the place and initial goals were few and far between, with only Arsenal scoring less in the front six.

Individually, Ronaldo has done quite well, scoring 12 goals in 24 league appearances and 18 in all competitions.

However, Rooney is unconvinced of the impact of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Asked if signing Ronaldo worked for Man United, the club’s top scorer said: “You should say no by the minute.

Cristiano Ronaldo responds to ‘jealous’ Wayne Rooney after ex-Manchester United team-mate’s comments on Old Trafford return

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Ronaldo has 807 career goals, more than anyone in history

“He scored goals, important goals in the Champions League earlier this season and the hat-trick against Tottenham.

“But I think if you look at the future of the club you have to look to younger, hungry players to do their best to lift Manchester United in those two or three years.”

While Rooney’s points carry some weight with Ronaldo heading into the twilight of a storied career, his former teammate had none.

Following the Derby County manager’s appearance on Sky Sports, Rooney posted a picture on Instagram with presenter David Jones and Liverpool legend and pundit Jamie Carragher.

Cristiano Ronaldo responds to ‘jealous’ Wayne Rooney after ex-Manchester United team-mate’s comments on Old Trafford return

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Rooney and Ronaldo formed a key partnership at United during their five seasons together

And Ronaldo appeared in the comments section, writing simply: ‘Two jealous’.

Clearly, he believes his time at the top is far from over and, after missing the 1-1 draw with Leicester through illness, he will be hoping to prove his former team-mate wrong against Everton this Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo responds to ‘jealous’ Wayne Rooney after ex-Manchester United team-mate’s comments on Old Trafford return

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Ronaldo clearly heard what Rooney said, and unsurprisingly disagreed

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