Former England forward Wayne Rooney has urged Manchester United to offload the likes of Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.
That is because he believes Man United need young players, who are hungry to win titles, to take United back to the top in the nearest years.
Ronaldo has made a notable impact at Old Trafford upon making his return to Manchester United last summer, scoring important goals in the Champions League and a hat-trick against Tottenham.
In fact, the Portuguese icon continues to prove he isn’t a problem at United, contrary to what many think, as The Red Devils are yet to win a game without the 38-year-old.
Rooney understands Cristiano Ronaldo’s impact at Manchester United is undisputed but believes his former club should rather be looking to appoint young players that are capable of taking United back to the top.
The Derby County manager, who has urged Man United to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as their next boss, also questions the reason why Jesse Lingard hasn’t been playing games, given the energy he brings to the team.
Asked if Ronaldo’s signing has worked out for United, Rooney told Sky Sports: “You’d have to say no, at the minute.
“I think he’s scored goals, he’s scored important goals in the Champions League early on in the season. He scored the hat-trick against Tottenham.
“But I think if you look to the future of the club you would have to go with younger, hungry players to do the best to lift Manchester United over these next two, three years.
“And obviously Cristiano is getting on a bit. He certainly isn’t the player he was when he was in his 20s. And that happens, that’s football. He’s a goal threat but I think the rest of the game they need more, they need young, hungry players.
“They just have to get that confidence, get them believing they are good players and perform at a better level and then obviously whoever the new manager is he’ll bring his own players in and try to rebuild that group.”
Manchester United could lose Paul Pogba for free when his current contract with The Red Devils expires in the summer.
PSG, Juventus and Real Madrid have all showed interest in the World Cup winner, who has made tons of transfer headlines since returning to the club in 2016.
Wayne Rooney believes that it would be better if both parties went their separate ways at the end of the season, given the midfielder’s unconvincing impact he’s had since his return.
“I think it’s probably got to a point where it probably is better for him to move on,” Rooney said.
“I think if Paul [Pogba] is honest with himself, he probably hasn’t had the impact he would have liked since he returned to Manchester United.
“I watch him play for France and it’s a completely different player. The ability, his vision, control of the game is there every game for France. It just hasn’t quite worked at Manchester United for him.
“I think there are a few players they need to let go.”