Ronaldo backs Rooney

Cristiano Ronaldo has come out in support of his former team-mate Wayne Rooney, insisting that it won't be long before the England striker is back to his very best.

Cristiano himself suffered a disappointing start to the season, but has since returned from a few weeks off through injury with the form that made him the world's most expensive footballer.

"Wayne has not started this season very well but he is still a fantastic player and I know that very soon he will be back to show that," Ronaldo told The Sun.

"He has made his decision to stay with United and sign a new contract and we must all respect that. It's not my position to give him advice on that. But I know that things can change very quickly indeed.

"I didn't start this season very well, either. But it is difficult to play at the highest level all the time. I just stayed calm, worked hard and did my job for the team and suddenly I scored a few goals and everything changed.

"Football is like that. Sometimes we play bad and then you score a goal and everyone thinks differently about you. That will happen for Wayne."

Ronny also took the time to back Sir Alex Ferguson and his current boss Jose Mourinho.

"For five years I enjoyed working with Sir Alex Ferguson. I always had a good relationship with him and now I think of him as my friend as well as a great manager.

"For me Ferguson and Mourinho are the best managers in the world. One is young and one is older. But they have both won everything in football."