By Beck Pascal

3rd May, 2022 | 3:10pm

Jamie Carragher likens Everton to Manchester United in ‘small club’ view

Jamie Carragher has potentially branded Everton a “small club” for re-signing Wayne Rooney towards the end of his career “just to lift the fans”. 

The Blues brought the then 31-year-old back into the fold at Goodison Park as many as 13 years after leaving the club. 

With Manchester United doing something very similar with Cristiano Ronaldo this season, Carragher ripped into the pair.

“My problem has always been with Man United for buying Cristiano Ronaldo. One of the biggest clubs in the world should not be buying a 37-year-old,” Carragher told Sky Sports Monday Night Football [May 2, 19:15].

He added: “Would Liverpool bring back Luis Suarez? I don’t think so. United should be getting Erling Haaland. Man City are getting him.

“It’s like United are a small club and it’s like when Rooney went back to Everton. It was just to lift the fans.”

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At the time it was a good move for Everton. Rooney came back in and almost mended the bond that had been broken when he left the club all those years ago whilst genuinely helping the team. 

He wasn’t nearly as old as Ronaldo is now at United but he had enough experience to share with the squad and give stability during yet even more unstable times at the club. 

The decision did split the fanbase given his age but with him only being at the club on a short term basis – the majority of supporters were happy. 

If something similar was to happen now there would be outrage. It is the Rooney type decisions that have got the club into the shambolic state that they currently find themselves in and the Toffees need to move past that short-sighted, narrow mindedness. 

All of the best teams in the world sign young, hungry players who are looking to make a name for themselves – not washed up players looking for a paycheck and that is exactly what the Blues need to do.

In other Everton news, Jordan goes berserk in an “absolutely crap” Everton rant – saying that they “don’t deserve to stay up“.

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