Man Utd’s Rooney: Ronaldo is the world’s best player

Rooney said: “Yeah, he’s been brilliant, especially after all he had to cope with on coming back from the World Cup.

“It was very difficult for him, with all the media attention. But he’s come through that and he’s been absolutely fantastic this season.

“Hopefully that will continue, and he’ll hopefully help us bring back some silverware this season.

“Is there rivalry between us? No, no, not at all.

“I’m just delighted that he’s playing for us because at this moment in time he is the best player in the world – not just the best young player, but the best player full stop.

“There’s certainly no jealousy on my part over that. You want to play with the best players, and it’s great to be in the same team as Cristiano.”