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Wayne Rooney disagrees with Cristiano Ronaldo’s claim Man Utd must be ‘top three’ and puts pressure on Rangnick

DERBY coach Wayne Rooney has corrected Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese said their former side needed to break into the top three.

Rooney and Ronaldo spent five years together at United and won many silver trophies, including three Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League.

Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo became Manchester United greats during their time at the club

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Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo became Manchester United greats during their time at the clubCredit: News Group Newspaper Ltd

Many thought that the return of the five-time Ballon d’Or team back to Old Trafford would bring the club back to its former glory but the Red Devils are still languishing.

The Portuguese captain announced United need to be in the top three At least, but Rooney insists the Manchester giants should be ‘top of the table’.

United’s goalscoring record also puts pressure on caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick, insisting he still needs to find a way to win trophies.

“Manchester United has to be a top team, not a top three,” said Rooney.

“Those are the demands the fans put on you, the demands the club has.

“Of course, they are going through a difficult period but make no mistake, it is a club that has to win the championship.

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“It has to be winning trophies and that’s the pressure of coming and playing or working for Manchester United.

“That’s the level they need to get back to. I’m sure they’ll do the right thing to get them back there.”

This comes after Ronaldo questioned United’s mentality amid a tumultuous season, including rumors of a dressing room rift.

The star striker also hinted his return could be short-lived as he does not want to be at a club that is fighting “to be sixth or seventh”.

Ronaldo recently said: “Manchester United should win the league, either second or third. I don’t see other Manchester United positions, to be honest, I don’t see that.

Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney corrects Cristiano Ronaldo in the top three

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Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney corrects Cristiano Ronaldo in the top threeCredit: Getty

“In my eyes, I don’t accept that our mentality is worse than finishing in the top three in the Premier League in my opinion.”

Ronaldo added: “I don’t want to be here at the club fighting to be sixth, or seventh or fifth.

“I’m here to try to win, to compete and I think we [do] competitive, but we are not at our best yet.

“But we have a long way to go to improve and I believe that if we change our mindset we can achieve great things.”

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