Rooney gives verdict on Ronaldo’s impact upon return

Manchester United’s all-time record goalscorer Wayne Rooney has been talking about his former teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo, making his return to the club after 12 years.

Rooney saw the opportunity to back the Reds to challenge for the Premier league title this season after CR7’s surprise move back to Old Trafford in the closing stages of the summer transfer window.

Ronaldo is set to make his second debut for United against Newcastle at home this Saturday, with the demand for tickets high.

The former club captain and current Derby County manager believes Ronaldo will be a ‘very big player’ for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and feels United now have a squad capable of beating Man City, Chelsea and the rest in a bid to win the league title.

United are getting last season’s top goalscorer in Serie A, a five-time Ballon D’Or winner and someone who has won not only Premier League titles — but championships across Europe’s biggest leagues.

“I haven’t spoken to Cristiano since his return and I won’t be going to the game on Saturday,” Rooney told The Mirror.

“I’ve got a day off on Saturday and two of my sons have got their own games, so I’ll be taking them and being a taxi driver on Saturday.

“Obviously I follow Manchester United, I want them to do well, and I think it’s great for them that they’ve brought Cristiano back.

“His mentality will rub off on the younger players, especially, so I think it’s a great signing.

“Cristiano will know himself it’s not going to be as simple or straightforward for him as it was in Spain or Italy.

“It’s a physical league, but he knows that, because he’s played in it before, so I’m sure he’s prepared and ready to go and score goals again for United.

“We saw, in the game against Ireland, what he does. Last couple of minutes, he scores a couple of goals, great headers, so he can have a massive impact on the Premier League.

“I think United are finally ready to go and challenge for the title, and I really feel they have to, this year.

“So Cristiano’s going to be a very big player, I think he’s going to have big moments in the season and I’m sure he’ll score a lot of goals.”

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