Manchester United

Wayne Rooney Confident Cristiano Ronaldo Can Inspire Manchester United to Mount Title Challenge

By Amreen
Rooney believes United can mount a title challenge with Ronaldo
Rooney believes United can mount a title challenge with Ronaldo / Gualter Fatia/Getty Images

Wayne Rooney has tipped Manchester United to mount a title challenge after bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.

The Portugal international returned to the club 12 years after departing for Real Madrid, and Rooney believes his former team-mate will inspire the Red Devils to silverware this season.

"I haven't spoken to Cristiano since his return and I won't be going to the game on Saturday," said Rooney. "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."

When asked about how Ronaldo will fare in his second spell at Old Trafford, he added: "He's one of the best players in the world. 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."