Wayne Rooney appears to back Man United SACKING Cristiano Ronaldo

‘His comments were a bit strange’: Wayne Rooney appears to back Manchester United SACKING Cristiano Ronaldo as he responds to interview bombshell which saw him label his old team-mate a ‘RAT’

  • Cristiano Ronaldo blasted his former Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney for criticising him during extraordinary interview with Piers Morgan
  • Portuguese star made an odd ‘rat’ jibe aimed at Rooney and other media pundits
  • He also suggested Rooney was jealous of his good looks and continued career
  • Rooney has now responded by saying Ronaldo’s comments were ‘a bit strange’
  • He said United would deal with the matter as the club look for ways to sack him 

Wayne Rooney has responded to Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘rat’ jibe by describing his former Manchester United strike partner’s comments as ‘strange’ and appearing to back the club sacking him.

During his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo took aim at Rooney’s criticism of him in the media, suggesting there was ‘jealousy’ because he was better looking and still playing.

The ‘rat’ insult came after Morgan said he was trying to figure out how Rooney could dislike Ronaldo even more. He asked: ‘More pounds in the bank or more Instagram followers?’

Laughing, Ronaldo replied: ‘That’s a good question! Probably similar!’

Morgan said: ‘I’m just trying to work out how Wayne Rooney could hate you even more.’

Ronaldo answered: ‘Not only him, imagine the rest of the rats they are going to criticise me too, but it is good to still be the No 1.’

The 37-year-old also said of Rooney, also 37, in the interview: ‘Probably [it’s jealousy]. Probably – because he finished his career in his 30s. I’m still playing at a high level; I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him, which is true.’

Wayne Rooney has responded to criticism from Cristiano Ronaldo in his explosive interview with Piers Morgan by appearing to back Manchester United sacking him

Ronaldo hit out at criticism of him by former United team-mates – including Rooney – and made a ‘rat’ jibe as well as suggesting the former England striker was jealous he was still playing 

Now Rooney has responded to Ronaldo’s comments, telling CNN: ‘Well, listen, Cristiano Ronaldo’s a fantastic player and , as I’ve said before, he and [Lionel] Messi are the two best players probably to play the game.

‘And, again, it’s not a criticism. What I’ve said is age comes to all of us, and Cristiano is obviously is feeling that and he’s finding it hard to deal with that.

‘Obviously he’s done an interview that’s gone global. Bit strange, some of the comments are strange in there but I’m sure Manchester United will deal with it once they’ve seen the full interview and they’ll take whatever action they need to take.’

Rooney responded to Ronaldo’s comments while attending the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai

The pair played alongside one another in highly successful Manchester United sides 

As Sportsmail revealed, United are looking at ways they can sack Ronaldo after he claimed the club had ‘betrayed’ him and took aim at manager Erik ten Hag and the club’s American owners. 

The interview, which wasn’t authorised by the club, dropped in the hours after United’s 2-1 Premier League win at Fulham, their last fixture before the World Cup.

It meant Ronaldo could report for international duty with Portugal knowing he wouldn’t have to directly face the consequences of his comments at United for at least three weeks. 

Ronaldo claimed he feels ‘betrayed’ by United and said he has ‘no respect’ for boss Erik ten Hag

It remains to be seen if Ronaldo will play for United again following his comments, with lawyers for United studying his words to see if they constitute a breach of contract.

The Portuguese star has a contract worth £500,000-a-week at Old Trafford but this could be ripped up so he can leave as a free agent in January.

His agent Jorge Mendes is looking for a new club and it has emerged that the pair met officials from German champions Bayern Munich last week. 

Rooney and Ronaldo have a lengthy history, dating back to 2004 when Rooney arrived at Old Trafford a year after Ronaldo had moved to the English giants.

The pair were involved in an infamous incident at the 2006 World Cup when Rooney was sent off for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho.

Ronaldo (left) was involved in ensuring Rooney was sent off in England 2006 loss to Portugal

Ronaldo infamously winked in the direction of the Portugal bench – appearing to confirm his protestations had a role in Rooney seeing red

As Rooney left the pitch, Ronaldo was caught winking on camera, appearing to confirm that he’d played a role in ensuring the England striker was given his marching orders.

Upon returning to United the following season, the duo put their differences aside and struck up a deadly partnership, leading the club to three consecutive league titles, plus the Champions League in 2008.

However, it seems their relationship has now hit a new low, with Ronaldo not taking too kindly to Rooney questioning his behaviour.

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