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Rooney sends Ronaldo trophy warning to Solskjaer

Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo
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As Cristiano Ronaldo nears a Manchester United return, Wayne Rooney gave his thoughts on what his former teammate’s comeback means.

Wayne Rooney has warned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Cristiano Ronaldo’s return means there will be no excuses if Manchester United fail to mount a title challenge.

Ronaldo has completed a medical in Lisbon and accepted personal terms for a two-year contract, which includes an option for a third season. He just needs a visa now to seal his Old Trafford comeback.

The 36-year-old will become United’s fourth summer signing after Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Tom Heaton.

“Cristiano is still one of the best players in the world and has won titles everywhere he’s been, so he’s going to be huge,” Rooney, who played alongside CR7 between 2004 and 2009 at United, told The Telegraph.

“He still wants to be the best, and I’m sure he will have a big impact on them this season. Ole will certainly know that he’s in a position now where he needs to start winning these big titles with the players that he’s brought in. For their development, to get to the next step now is to start winning titles.”

What is Solskjaer’s record?

Solskjaer has coached Manchester United since December 2018. The Norwegian has recorded 87 wins, 33 draws, and 34 defeats in 154 games across all competitions.

Under Solskjaer’s management, United have had some consistency in the Premier League. Nothing compared to their glory days, but proof of gradual progress. The Red Devils have finished inside the top four for the last two seasons, including a second-place finish in 2020/21.

But Solskjaer is yet to win a trophy as the club’s manager despite leading United to four cup semi-finals. The English giants also lost the Europa League final to Villarreal on penalties in May after drawing 1-1.