Manchester United

Wayne Rooney wants Man United to move on from Cristiano Ronaldo & Paul Pogba in the summer

Arjun Singh Devgan
Ronaldo and Pogba currently play for Man United
Ronaldo and Pogba currently play for Man United / PAUL ELLIS/GettyImages

Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney has urged the club management to look for the "future" and move on from the likes of superstars, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba this summer.

Ronaldo who made a sensational return to Old Trafford last summer is United's highest goalscorer this season with 18 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions so far, but he has come in for criticism from various quarters over his inability to contribute in terms of all-round contribution.

Pogba meanwhile has remained extremely inconsistent ever since making his then world record transfer in 2016 and is set to leave United on a free transfer this summer once his contract expires.

Rooney who has played with both Ronaldo and Pogba during his time at United, believes that it is now time for the club to turn their focus towards "young" and "hungry" players.

"You’d have to say no, at the minute. I think he’s scored goals, he’s scored important goals in the Champions League early on in the season. He scored the hat-trick against Tottenham. But I think if you look to the future of the club you would have to go with younger, hungry players to do the best to lift Manchester United over these next two, three years," he told Sky Sports when asked if Ronaldo's signing has worked for the club.

"And obviously Cristiano is getting on a bit. He certainly isn’t the player he was when he was in his 20s. And that happens, that’s football. He’s a goal threat but I think the rest of the game they need more, they need young, hungry players. I think they’ve got good young players. I think Sancho will be better next year, I think Marcus will be better next year.

"They’ve got good young players, I think Jesse Lingard should be playing for them because he brings energy, he brings quality. Scott McTominay has done well, so they have got some good young players."

The Red Devils record goalscorer also went on to admit that it is time for Pogba to leave the club once his contract expires in the summer as it has got to a point where it is probably better for the player to move on.

"I think it’s probably got to a point where it probably is better for him to move on. I think if Paul is honest with himself, he probably hasn’t had the impact he would have liked since he returned to Manchester United.

"I watch him play for France and it’s a completely different player. The ability, his vision, control of the game is there every game for France. It just hasn’t quite worked at Manchester United for him," the former England international concluded.