The 36-year-old Portugal star is back for his second season at Old Trafford and his former team-mate believes he can make a difference
Former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has supported the club to fight for the Premier League crown, while Cristiano Ronaldo has been back in the squad.
Ronaldo and Rooney played together at Old Trafford and won three consecutive titles between 2006 and the retirement of the Portuguese in 2009 and also lifted the Champions League in 2007-08.
And while the striker is getting ready for his second term at the club, his ex-colleague has no doubt he will play a crucial role in their efforts.
What was said?
‘What impact will Ronaldo have? “I think he is still one of the best players in the world,” Rooney explained. talkSPORT.
‘I think we saw what he did in the game against Ireland, in the last few minutes he scored two goals, two good headers, so that he can have a big impact on this league.
“I think United are finally ready to challenge for the title, and I really feel they should this year,” Rooney added.
“[Ronaldo’s] If I become a big player, I think he’s going to have a lot of great moments this season, and I’m sure he’s going to score a lot of goals. ”
‘Ready to go’
The former Madrid and Juventus star will turn 37 at the end of the current season, making him an older statesman in Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team.
But he continues to brave the years with his impeccable physical form and Rooney believes he will have no problem keeping up with the pace of the English game.
“I follow Manchester United, I want them to do well, and I think it’s great for them that they brought Cristiano back,” he added.
‘I think his mentality will deter the younger players in particular, so I think that’s a good timing.
‘I think Cristiano himself will know that it will not be as simple or easy for him as in Spain or in Italy.
“It’s a physical league, he knows, he played in it, so I’m sure he’s prepared and ready to score again for Manchester United.”