Manchester United icon Wayne Rooney has claimed that though Cristiano Ronaldo will have a “huge impact” when he returns to the club, the move heightens the pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to win the league for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure.
Last Friday will go down as one of the most hectic days in transfer window history, in what was a whirlwind 24 hours for the player and both Manchester clubs.
Ronaldo was seemingly bound for United’s fierce rivals and ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City, before a sudden change of heart diverted him back into the path of his former side.
One man who truly knows what makes the five-time Ballon D’or winner tick is Rooney – the pair sharing the Old Trafford dressing room for five years between 2004 and 2009.
Currently manager of Derby County, Rooney believes the signing of Ronaldo, for just £19.7million, will go down as a significant moment in United’s recent history.
“Cristiano is still one of the best players in the world and has won titles everywhere he’s been so he’s going to be huge,” Rooney said.
“He still wants to be the best and I’m sure he will have a big impact on them this season.”
The former United star did go on to say how Ronaldo’s return means Solskjaer “needs” to start winning titles, the Norwegian without any silverware since the start of his reign in 2018.
Cristiano Ronaldo to Man Utd
Rooney explained: “Ole will certainly know that he’s in a position now where he needs to start winning these big titles with the players that he’s brought in.
“For their development, to get to the next step now is to start winning titles.”
Ronaldo reportedly completed his United medical back in Lisbon over the weekend, as United fans take a huge sigh of relief he will return to Manchester in the famous red of united, rather than the sky blue of City as was first reported.
Rooney revealed how he always thought his former teammate was bound for United once City rumours started to crop up.
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“I just felt it didn’t seem right, it didn’t feel like it was ever going to happen,” said Rooney.
“His agent [Jorge Mendes] did his job because I knew that the minute there was any hope of him going for Man City, United would never let it happen.”
Solskjaer has already discussed how he plans on using the former Real Madrid and Juventus man tactically, revealing: “Oh Cristiano has evolved as a player, he played wide right wide left, he’s more of a centre-forward for me.
“We played with two up front, three up front I want him in the box scoring goals.”