“Not top three”- Red Devils legend voices clash of opinion with Ronaldo over season objectives

Wayne Rooney disagrees with Cristiano Ronaldo over “top three” Manchester United verdict

Wayne Rooney has conveyed his disagreement with Cristiano Ronaldo after the latter delivered a verdict that Manchester United should target for a top-three finish in the Premier League. Both of them had been teammates at Old Trafford under the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Man United are a shadow of what they were under Ferguson as the club have fallen off their perches over the past decade. They have failed to prepare for the legendary Scot’s eventual departure, and much of the current situation is a result of the mismanagement that has followed since.

Speaking in the pre-match presser conference as the manager of Derby County (h/t The Mirror), Rooney stated that the Red Devils should aim to win the Premier League, making it their standard. He has admitted that they are going through a tough phase at the moment but has warned how it should not lead to a lowering of the expectations.

Wayne Rooney disagrees with Cristiano Ronaldo over "top three" Manchester United verdict. (Photo by Jacques Feeney/Getty Images)
Wayne Rooney says Manchester United should always target for the top spot. (Photo by Jacques Feeney/Getty Images)

“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. 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. I’m sure they’re trying to do the right things to get them back to that place.”

Man Utd- go back to your roots!

Context is always important in matters like these as it can easily be misinterpreted. Our aspirations should always be to get back to the spot we occupied as the country’s premier team. But our short term goals should take into account the reality of our situation. It is a sobering reality that we remain miles off the top sides in the country today.

Wayne Rooney disagrees with Cristiano Ronaldo over "top three" Manchester United verdict.
Wayne Rooney disagrees with Cristiano Ronaldo over Manchester United objectives.

Things have changed drastically compared to our glory days and many times the sporting side has been often overlooked. The sentiment surrounding the fans about the Glazers and their approach is at an all-time low. But if the hierarchy has plans to rectify their mistakes, then the time is ripe for a change.

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Giving unrealistic demands would only harm the club as our priority, for now, is to inculcate a winning culture. Once we are in a state where we can take on the heavyweights like Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, then we can aim for the top.

Until that happens, we have to be patient, and the board has to start a new chapter by changing the way they approach the football side of things. Drastic changes are needed at the club, and they would only come into effect if the management takes a step towards bettering our current state. Let’s hope that under Ralf Rangnick, we are slowly yet surely regaining our identity.