“Haven’t recovered from that to this day,” Wayne Rooney Explains Manchester United’s Downfall. According to Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney, losing Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 was the beginning of the club’s demise. The Englishman believes that the club has yet to recover since the Portuguese left to join the Liga giants.
Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United at the end of the 2008-09 season, shortly after Manchester United lost the Champions League final to Barcelona. In addition, the Red Devils parted ways with a handful of other key players, including Carlos Tevez.
According to Wayne Rooney, this was the catalyst for the club’s recent struggles. Mirror quoted the Englishman as saying:
“You could see after 2011; Ronaldo left in 2009, Tevez left and after that, you could see it was going to go backwards before it can move forwards. That’s what I could see and that’s why I was asking the questions. Unfortunately, they probably still haven’t recovered from that to this day.”
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Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo were teammates at Manchester United from 2004 to 2009. Under Sir Alex Ferguson, the pair were pivotal in guiding the club to numerous trophies, including a Champions League title and three Premier League titles.
In 2009, the Portuguese moved to Real Madrid for €94 million. After parting ways with Juventus, he returned to Old Trafford last summer and signed a two-year contract with the Red Devils.
After a sensational return to Old Trafford in August last year, the Portuguese has wasted no time in making his mark. He’s made 24 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions so far, scoring 14 goals and assisting three times.