LONDON. – Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at Wayne Rooney after he suggested Manchester United should move on without the Portuguese star at the end of the season.
Rooney delivered a scathing attack of the forward on Monday following the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw against Leicester City at the weekend.
On Sky Sports, the United legend called for Ronaldo to leave this summer alongside midfielder Paul Pogba, claiming his return has not benefited the club. The Derby boss later posted a photo of him on Monday Night Football alongside Jamie Carragher and presenter David Jones to Instagram.
Ronaldo took the opportunity to hit back at Rooney’s criticism on the show as he commented on the post, writing: “Two Jealous.”
Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand has urged United to follow Arsenal’s lead by backing manager Mikel Arteta and “trust the process” when they hire their new boss as Erik ten Hag closes in on a move to Old Trafford. Talks have been held with Ajax Amsterdam club to establish the terms for Ten Hag’s release as United take a significant step towards appointing the 52-year-old as the long-term replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Those discussions took place at the end of last week and indicate that United are now ready to press ahead with bringing in Ten Hag, whose Ajax contract expires at the end of next season.
But Ferdinand, believed to be speaking before Ten Hag moved to the brink of joining United, urged his former club to throw their unwavering support behind their new manager in their pursuit of a return to the big time.
“Manchester United are obviously now looking for a new manager, and hopefully things will change.
“If you look at Arsenal, they have found the manager, they trust in him and they have allowed him to do some things where a lot of people have probably doubted it.
“With the Aubameyang situation, where people thought he’s a big player and you have to keep him… But now Arteta has done what he wanted and Arsenal are on a good run at the moment.
“You have to trust in the manager and trust in the process and fingers crossed Man United will do that. At the end of the day, when you are a professional you have to apply yourself right every single day and the culture, with the environment that you are in, has to be structured and put together for you to be the best you can be as an individual, but in our sport, as a collective as well.
“Up until over the last few years Man United has not been set up like that.” – Mailonline.