Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has advised Cristiano Ronaldo to remain patient and make the most of his opportunities as the Portugal international bids to regain his place in the Red Devils’ starting line-up.
Ronaldo has started just one league game this season and was linked with a move in the summer transfer window, although manager Erik ten Haag said he still features in his plans for the season.
Rooney, who played with Ronaldo at United between 2004-2009, said the 37-year-old would struggle to swallow the limited game time.
“The manager has obviously gone in a different direction in terms of the way the team is playing,” said Rooney, who now coaches Major League Soccer team D.C. United.
“Cristiano… he and (Lionel) Messi are two of the greatest players to ever play football, but eventually time catches up with us all. He’s obviously not the player he was when he was 22 or 23, for example. This is a difficult period for him. I know him, it will be very difficult for him to sit on the bench… I’m sure if he stays patient, his chances will come and then he has to take those chances and get his starting place back,” Rooney said.
United, who are sixth in the table with 12 points from seven games, face Everton in a Premier League clash on Sunday.