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Rooney tells Man Utd to 'get rid' of squad & warns it'll take 15 years to win CL

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SIR JIM RATCLIFFE and Ineos have been told to “get rid” of almost the entire Manchester United squad, or face waiting 15 years to win the Champions League.

Wayne Rooney delivered the brutal verdict while appearing on Sky Sports last night.

Wayne Rooney has warned Man Utd bosses it could take them 15 years before they win another Champions League

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Wayne Rooney has warned Man Utd bosses it could take them 15 years before they win another Champions LeagueCredit: Getty
Rooney said the club need to build around Bruno Fernandes and the youngsters in the team

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Rooney said the club need to build around Bruno Fernandes and the youngsters in the teamCredit: Reuters
He delivered his damning verdict on Sky Sports after Man Utd's 3-2 win over Newcastle

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He delivered his damning verdict on Sky Sports after Man Utd’s 3-2 win over NewcastleCredit: Sky Sports

Red Devils icon Rooney watched from the studio as Erik ten Hag‘s side drew their Old Trafford season to a close with a 3-2 win over Newcastle.

A first half goal from Kobbie Mainoo was followed up in the second half with an Amad Diallo thunderbolt and a precise Rasmus Hojlund strike.

Regardless, a run of just one win in eight league games before the Magpies game has left the club’s hopes of getting into Europe through the league out of their hands.

Losing to Brighton on Sunday will also confirm this as the club’s worst ever points tally in the Premier League era, with the current record being the 58 scored in 2021/22.

Rooney believes there are only a handful of players in the current squad who should be kept on over the next few seasons, including captain Bruno Fernandes.

He told Sky Sports: “You have to build the team around Bruno. He’s quality and has got fight in him, and then I think all the other players get rid of them.”

Stunned Sky Sports presenter Dave Jones then quizzed Rooney about it, to which he added: “I think you keep the young players, and you keep Bruno.

“I think it has to be a massive clear out. It has to be. It’s not going to be in one year, but I think it’s going to be in the next couple of years.”

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Man Utd have already taken some personnel from the country’s most successful team of the last decade reigning champions in Manchester City, including Omar Berrarda and former City man Jason Wilcox.

Rooney also warned it could take Man Utd 15 years to add a fourth Champions League to their cabinet.

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He explained: “You look at Man City when their new owners came in it took them 15 years to win the Champions League. That’s potentially what you might be looking at, you hope not.”

Asked about specific players Rooney said Andre Onana had improved after a shaky start, Diogo Dalot had been good and Harry Maguire had been in and out, but declared Man Utd need better players.

He said: “To compete in this league they need better players. Don’t get me wrong these players are good players. But to compete with Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal, they need better players.”

Rooney was also asked about Marcus Rashford, who has endured a tough season compared to his usual high standards.

He said: “We all know Marcus has the capabilities to play at the top level, and we haven’t seen it. 

“I just wonder is it time for Marcus to go and play somewhere else. I think he has to ask himself that question.

“I want him to stay and break records at this club. He needs to work hard and get his head down.”

SunSport’s verdict on Man Utd flops

Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos have a busy summer ahead to get Man Utd’s squad in order for next season. Below SunSport gives it verdict on how they should deal with the Red Devils flops this summer.

Andre Onana – STAY: After a dodgy start at Old Trafford Onana has proven to be one of the more reliable members of the squad this season despite being peppered with shots constantly.

Altay Bayindir – GO: Reports in February suggested Bayindir was unhappy with his bit part role at Man Utd amid interest from Turkish giants Galatasaray. If profit can be made on a sale then it should be done.

Tom Heaton – STAY: Veteran goalkeeper Heaton, 38, is a reliable back-up and is on a relatively small wage at the club. So long as he is happy it makes sense to keep him.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – GO: Wan-Bissaka, 26, has never managed to make the right-back position his own. With his contract up in 2025 it makes sense to cash in now.

Diogo Dalot – STAY: Dalot, 26, has been one of Man Utd’s most consistent performers this season.

Raphael Varane – GO: If it wasn’t for his injury record there would be a strong shout to keep Varane, but costs need to be cut to allow the squad to be freshened up.

Harry Maguire – GO: Maguire has showed he has the right character to be at Man Utd but overall ability and desired profile are another matter, with Maguire too slow to play in a high line defence.

Lisandro Martinez – STAY: Martinez, 26, is second to none in terms of build up play. He needs a long-term defensive partner on the right side and to cut out the injuries which have plagued him this season.

Jonny Evans – GO: Veteran campaigner Evans could easily be on the stay list if he was only going to be a bit part player. But he has shown his advanced years at times this season.

Victor Lindelof – GO:  Lindelof, 29, has been reliable if not unremarkable in his Man Utd career. He has one year left on his contract so should be moved on if a decent transfer fee can be got for him.

Willy Kambwala – STAY: He should be given the opportunity to mature for a few years behind a senior CB pairing before stepping into the first team as a starter or being moved on.

Luke Shaw – GO: One of the Premier League’s best left-backs when fit, Shaw has been a good servant when available. But alas that has been his Achilles heel once again this season.

Tyrell Malacia – STAY: Malacia, 24, was decent enough to earn some merit in his first season at Man Utd before injury ended his season and inadvertently led to his second season being a write off.

Sofyan Amrabat – GO: Amrabat, 27, looked like a world beater at the Qatar World Cup with Morocco. But he’s had an underwhelming season in England and his loan spell will almost certainly not be made permanent.

Casemiro – GO: An alarming physical decline has seen him turn from key star to burden. If a club is willing to buy the 32-year-old – who has two more years on his contract – then United should snatch their hand off.

Christian Eriksen – GO: Eriksen proved a useful asset and Ineos should look to bring in another player with similar traits, but frankly his legs have looked gone towards the end of this season.

Kobbie Mainoo – STAY: The first of the so-called untouchables, Mainoo has been a rare glimmer of hope in the Red Devils midfield this season.

Mason Mount – STAY: Mount can be given the benefit of the doubt until summer 2025 at least after a debut season riddled with injury.

Scott McTominay – STAY: McTominay, 27, has proven himself to be a brilliant plan B off the bench this season, and that is exactly why Ineos should look to keep him.

Bruno Fernandes – STAY: Man Utd’s best player since his arrival just over four years ago, Fernandes, 29, remains second-to-none when it comes to creating chances while his tenacity boosts those around him.

Antony – GO: There’s a case to argue that Antony may be the worst pound-for-pound signing in Premier League history. Despite some memorable moments he simply isn’t Man Utd quality.

Anthony Martial – GO: Ultimately Martial needs to be let go when his deal runs out this summer after an appalling injury record of late.

Marcus Rashford – STAY: As easy as it would be to say Rashford should leave the club this summer, it is difficult to look at the market and find many available players capable of scoring 30 goals a season.

Alejandro Garnacho – STAY: Another third of the untouchables trio, Garnacho has made the right-wing his own since coming into it. He’s a raw talent but has shown he has the quality to improve.

Rasmus Hojlund – STAY: A slow burner in his first Man Utd season, the 21-year-old has often been starved of supply which has led to him being unable to get the goals his movement and unselfish play often merits.

Amad Diallo – STAY: In the fleeting moments he has been on the pitch for Man Utd this season, Diallo has looked dangerous and exciting. He should be given a chance to flourish with some proper chances in the first team across a whole season.

Roy Keane was less optimistic over the squad rebuild.

He said: “We talk about moving players on but it’s hard to move on without players. 

“Some of the players here are on huge money and some of them won’t be going anywhere they wont be budging unless they get paid off. 

“A lot of the players have been given an opportunity. There’s a lot of worry that these players are constantly injured but if you’re injured all the time you’re no good to anybody. 

“Okay every club has it’s injuries. But if they’re always injured you cant rely on these players to turn up week in week out for Man United.”

Fellow treble winner Andy Cole added: “For me personally the gap won’t be closing in the next couple of years.

“If you look at the gap now between Manchester United and Man City, that tells you everything.

“There’s no way you will close that gap within two years. Man City will look to kick on again next season.

“That’s going to take time, that’s a building process, that could be four or five years.”

Man Utd will finish their season in the FA Cup with a repeat of last season’s final against City.

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