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Ronaldo will turn Man Utd into Premier League title contenders – Rooney

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Wayne Rooney has backed Manchester United to battle for the Premier League crown with Cristiano Ronaldo back in the squad.

The 36-year-old has returned to Old Trafford for his second spell after leaving Juventus.

And Rooney thinks his former teammate and five-time Ballon D’Or winner can lead Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to glory.

“What impact will Ronaldo have? An enormous one, I think he’s still one of the best players in the world,” Rooney explained to talkSPORT.

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“I think we’ve seen in the game against Ireland that’s what he does, last couple of minutes he scores two goals, two great headers, so he can have a massive impact on this league.”

“I think United are finally ready to go and challenge for the title, and I really feel they have to this year,” Rooney added.

“[Ronaldo’s] going to be a big player, I think he’ll have very big moments in the season and I’m sure he’ll score a lot of goals.”

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