Ronaldo missed most of United’s pre-season preparations after submitting a transfer request last month.
The 37-year-old, who still has one year left on his current deal at Old Trafford, made his debut under Eric ten Hag in last week’s draw with Rayo Vallecano.
Ronaldo’s former United team-mate Rooney believes that now is the time for the Red Devils to give up the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“I think United should let Cristiano Ronaldo go,” Rooney wrote in his column. times.
“It’s not that Ronaldo can’t play for Ten Hag. He can play for any team. Rooney will always score your goals. But my personal opinion is that United are not ready to contend for the title now, so the goal should be to build a team that can win the league in the three years.” For the next four, you have to plan for it.
“If the reports are correct that Cristiano wants to leave the club, then United should let him go and get the number 9 in who he will be there for the next three or four years and really help them build a team that can be successful. Tin Hag has to be given time to do that.”
“Ronaldo’s achievements in football have gone beyond anything anyone could have hoped for and imagined,” Neville said. Sky Bet’s The Overlap.
“He will go down as one of the best players of all time and always will be. What happens this summer at Manchester United will be forgotten in 20 years.
“But it is unpalatable for me to watch as a former captain of Manchester United, thinking that at this moment the star plays in the dressing room.
“It’s happened sometimes over the past few years, where you’ve had [Paul] Pogba’s agent – not necessarily Pogba – but his agent is always playing.
“Your star player can’t be in a club running the shop. You can’t have him. So when Sir Alex Ferguson in the past has moved players, it’s because that player needed to move.
“I know that Manchester United fans want Ronaldo to stay. But if Ronaldo wants to leave, Manchester United should – in my opinion – facilitate that.”
It is not clear if Ronaldo will feature for United in the opening match of the new Premier League season against Brighton on Sunday.
But coach Ten Hag says he is happy that Ronaldo is still part of his squad.
“How do I feel about starting the season with Ronaldo? I’m really happy,” said Ten Hag.
“I told you before: We planned with him for this season. We have a great striker and I’m really happy to have him here, he’s in the team and we’re sticking to the plan.”