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Tyson Fury tears into Man Utd ‘prima donnas’ and delivers Cristiano Ronaldo verdict | Football | Sport

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Tyson Fury has insisted that there are ‘too many prima donnas’ at Manchester United before questioning whether Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence is holding back the younger members of the squad from reaching their full potential. The Red Devils limped to a disappointing sixth-placed finish within the Premier League at the top of last season, meaning they might be forced to play Europa League football after missing out on a spot within the Champions League with games to spare.

Recent boss Erik ten Hag is anticipated to guide a large-scale summer rebuild at Old Trafford but is yet to rubber-stamp any latest signings despite being linked with a lot of exciting names over the previous few weeks. Fury has since urged the Dutchman to stamp his authority on the dressing room on the earliest opportunity as a way to take care of the ‘prima donnas’ that he believes have contributed to United’s regular decline in recent seasons.

“Watching United in the meanwhile, it’s crazy because I don’t get why these people aren’t running after that ball for 90 minutes,” Fury told The Mirror when quizzed on what needs to vary at United next season.

“A number of people blame the managers, the coaches, but at the top of the day there are too many prima donnas at Manchester United and the very best thing that might have happened is having a clearout, like what’s happening. They should knuckle down.

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“They need someone strict, like Sir Alex Ferguson, who’s going to inform them what to do and in the event that they’re not listening say: ‘It’s the bench for you, I don’t care how good you might be or how famous you might be, you’re not playing until you choose to work hard’.

“The word ‘team’ means everybody pulls their very own weight, they don’t depend on another person to attain the goals or to run for them. It’s everyone working hard for a standard interest, a standard goal, and that’s winning.”

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Fury went on to suggest that Ronaldo’s presence at United could possibly be overshadowing the progress of the younger players on the club despite the Portuguese maestro’s impressive form over the course of last season. He led the charge for the Red Devils with 24 goals in all competitions and might be expected to guide the road once more when the brand new campaign gets underway if he stays at United this summer.

“When you’ve gotten a superstar like Ronaldo, everybody relies on him to attain goals and if he wasn’t there they’d be scoring the goals themselves, like they did the season before last,” explained Fury.

“I’m not saying he’s a foul asset, he’s an ideal asset, but sometimes with a star player, he carries the team and the young individuals are overshadowed by all of it. They don’t get their probability to shine because ‘the nice Ronaldo’ is on the pitch.”

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