Wayne Rooney has Ronaldo theory over controversial Man Utd departure

Manchester United great Wayne Rooney concedes Cristiano Ronaldo ultimately “got what he wanted” in leaving the club. The Portugal superstar had his contract mutually terminated at Old Trafford earlier this season.

Ronaldo was strongly linked with a move away from United last summer. He began the season out of favour under new boss Erik ten Hag after returning late to pre-season.

He was unable to break into the side on a regular basis and decided to take part in a tell-all interview with Piers Morgan. Ronaldo hit out at just about everyone at the club, including former interim boss Ralf Rangnick and the club’s owners the Glazers.

The 38-year-old also criticised old United team-mates such as Rooney and Gary Neville. The interview was the final straw for United chiefs, as they came to an agreement to end Ronaldo’s deal, which was due to expire this summer.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Man Utd contract terminated in November

He has since joined Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr, where he is banging in the goals. Rooney says Ronaldo ultimately got the outcome he was looking for. He told CNN: “I suppose he got what he wanted.

“For Manchester United, it was important to move on as quick as possible from that and really refocus on the group of players who were there and wanted to be there.

“I think that’s where Ten Hag has done a really good job in refocusing the players and getting them in a position where they are, obviously comfortably in the top four, and also winning the [EFL] Cup.”

Rooney was at United during Ronaldo’s first spell at the club. He does not think his departure should have any impact on the legacy he created.

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He still views Ronaldo as a United legend despite the comments he made about him. Rooney added: “No, I think what he’s done for Manchester United is great.

“He’s won Premier League titles, won the Champions League, scored many goals. I think certainly for the fans and his former team-mates, we’ll never forget what he did for Manchester United.

“In my eyes, he’ll always be a club legend and it’s a shame the way it ended, of course, this time round. But I don’t think that takes anything away from his legacy at the club.”

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