Wayne Rooney: What did Man Utd icon say to Ronaldo after the wink?

Wayne Rooney was brilliant on the latest edition of Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.

The Derby County manager replaced Gary Neville as Jamie Carragher’s partner-in-crime for Crystal Palace’s 3-0 win over Arsenal and he provided some wonderful insight throughout the show.

Rooney was pretty vocal on the topic of Manchester United as well and was even critical of Cristiano Ronaldo‘s re-signing.

“You’d have to say no at the minute,” Rooney said when asked if the transfer has worked out for the Red Devils.

“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’re looking to the future of the club, you have to go with younger, hungry players to do the best and lift Manchester United over these next two or three years.

“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 the rest of the game they need more, they need young hungry players.”

A very interesting take. Unsurprisingly, Rooney’s bold comments have resulted in some fans on social media questioning whether he still holds a grudge against Ronaldo for the infamous wink at the 2006 World Cup.

But in our opinion, that’s highly unlikely. Rooney and Ronaldo were absolutely electric together at United in their seasons together following the incident, scoring and assisting goals for fun.

And on top of that, the pair basically shook hands on the matter in the tunnel after England were eliminated by Portugal on penalties. Well, according to Rooney…

What Rooney said to Ronaldo in the tunnel

“It was a weird feeling sat in that dressing room. If we would have gone through, I would have missed the semi-final and the final, but if we went out it was my fault,” England’s record goalscorer said on a Monday Night Football appearance back in 2018.

“I spoke to Ronaldo after the game in the tunnel. I said the press are going to want to make a big thing about us falling out, but I said ‘don’t worry about it, I would have done the same thing. I tried to get him booked for diving in the first half.

“He was my club team-mate, but he was a rival in internationals, so if I could have gotten him sent off, I would.”

Fair play, Wazza. Rooney was incredibly understanding after being controversially sent off in a heartbreaking World Cup quarter-final defeat.

The fact the pair settled their differences very quickly paid dividends for United. In 2006/07, Rooney and Ronaldo scored 31 Premier League goals between them to guide the team to a first title triumph in four years.

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