Ronaldo has defended Wayne Rooney over criticism of his World Cup displays and backed his former Manchester United team-mate to improve.

Rooney has been well below his best in England’s disappointing draws with the USA and Algeria.

But Ronaldo said: “Wayne Rooney tried very hard, but he didn’t play alone.

“When it’s not coming, when you don’t score a goal or play well, it is always the big players’ fault. But Wayne is a great player and will do a good job.”

Portugal star Ronaldo played with Rooney at United for five seasons, winning three league titles and the Champions League before leaving to join Real Madrid in 2009. [Source]

Good to see Ronaldo helping his old pal, but he has his own problem to be concerned of. His form hasn’t been impressive, and Portugal need him to step up to advance further in the World Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 31st Premier League goals of the season, and Ryan Giggs strike late to gave Manchester United a 2-0 victory against Wigan, and ultimately the Premiership title of the 2007/2008 season.

Ronaldo kept his nerved to covert a penalty on 33rd minute after Wayne Rooney was fouled in the box. Giggs, introduced on the 68th minute for his 758th United appearance, has equalled the record by Sir Bobby Charlton… and there would be no better way to celebrate that milestone by scoring a goal in the 80th minute.

A remarkable season for Manchester United, a great season for Ronaldo, but it’s not over yet. There is one more game to go on May 21… the Champions League final in Moscow.

Ronaldo became United’s savior again by scoring the only goal of the match against Derby on Saturday.

Ronaldo scored on the 76th minute thanks to a nice run-and-cross from Wayne Rooney. That’s Ronaldo’s 22nd Premier League goal and his 31st in total of the season.

Both Rooney and Ronaldo scored a double to give Manchester United a 5-1 win against Newcastle at St James Park.

It was a good team performance from the Red Devils, but Newcastle really made MU’s victory a lot easier with their sloppy play. They seemed to lack confidence with the ball and made way too much mistakes. In fact, 3 out of the 5 goals could be prevented if they could show just a bit more steadiness when defending or when holding the ball.

It was a great game from Ronaldo though. He did well to assist Rooney with the game opener on 25th minute before bagging a goal on each half himself (45th and 56th minute), before Abdoulaye Faye crawled one back for Newcastle on 79th minute.

Rooney installed the lead just a minute later with his second on 80th minute. Saha then completed Newcastle’s misery in injury time.

The win closed the gap between the title racers, as Arsenal could only managed a draw against Birmingham in an earlier match. Manchester United are currently 3 points behind the Gunners.

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