Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo And Gareth Bale Would Not Solve Man Utd Problems – Rooney

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Signing Lionel Messi , Cristiano Ronaldo , Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos would not solve the problems at Manchester United , says former captain Wayne Rooney.

Rooney , who now plays for MLS side DC United , does not think the Red Devils will compete with Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title next season.

And the former England skipper , 33 , expects a “tricky” summer of transfer business for United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer , who has been linked with several players – including Ajax’s teenage defender Matthijs de Ligt.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek , Rooney said: “The first thing Ole has to do is build the squad and I don’t think bringing in one or two players for £100m is going to help the players already there.

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“He’s better spending £30-40m on players with potential and building the squad around those five or six players.

“You could bring in players in Ronaldo , Messi , Ramos or Bale but it’s going to cost you £350m and you’d get two years out of them and you’ve written that money off.”

Rooney , United and England’s all-time top-scorer , said:

“The club needs to rebuild with younger players but they need to be good enough and I think the fans will understand that they are probably not going to compete for the Premier League next year.

“Let Ole have that time to build a team for the next two or three years that are going to compete at Premier League and Champions League level.

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