Former Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has disagreed with ex-teammate Cristiano Ronaldo’s claim that the club’s target is to be a top-three team, insisting that United should be aiming at the first spot.
Man United re-signed Ronaldo from Juventus last summer in a bid to fight their way back to the top.
However, United are currently experiencing the opposite as they are currently outside the top six, let alone fighting for the title.
Cristiano Ronaldo made his intentions clear that he didn’t return back to Manchester United to battle to finish sixth or seventh but top finish in the top three.
‘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 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.”
Rooney, ex-teammate of Cristiano Ronaldo has a slightly different view, insisting that United’s top priority is to be champions, and not a top-three team, as that’s what the fans desire.
‘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.’
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 14 times and provided three assists in 21 appearances for Manchester United this season.
The Portuguese legend has a chance to add to his tally when Man United play visitors to Aston Villa this weekend.
United won Aston Villa 1-0 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup third round but Ronaldo missed the clash due to an injury issue.