Former Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney has revealed what the Red Devils need to do, to go to the next level.

Rooney played with Cristiano Ronaldo under Sir Alex Ferguson, and they experienced a trophy-laden spell together at Old Trafford from 2004-2009.

The Portuguese forward has scored 18 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions so far – averaging one in every two matches in the Premier League.

When asked if the re-signing of Ronaldo has worked for Manchester United, Rooney, 36, told Sky Sports “You’d have to say no at the minute. Obviously he’s scored goals, important goals in the Champions League early on in the season. He scored obviously the hat-trick against Tottenham.

“But I think if you’re looking to the future of the club you have to go with younger, hungry players to lift Manchester United over these next two or three years. Obviously, Cristiano is getting on a bit.

“He’s certainly not the player he was in his 20s and that happens – that’s football. He’s a goal threat but the rest of the game they need more, they need young, hungry players.”

Rooney is the manager of EFL Championship club Derby County, for whom he previously served as interim player-manager.