Tyson Fury urged Manchester United to have a clear out of all the ‘prima donnas’ at Old Trafford.
The retired WBC heavyweight boxing champion is a huge Red Devils supporter and now has a lot more time on his hands to watch them.
Fury called time on his career after knocking out Dillian Whyte at Wembley in April, despite fans wanting to see an undisputed clash with either Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk.
The 33-year-old is yet to relinquish the belt and he told talkSPORT this week that it would take around m 500million to get him out of retirement.
Fury knows a thing or two about what it takes to be at the top level of sport, and ripped apart the current state of United.
Fury told The Mirror: “I’ll be getting to Old Trafford a little bit more now I’m retired although, to be honest, every time I go there to watch them, they lose. And I do not do second place, I do not lose, I do not all that s ****. It’s win or nothing, so watching United at the moment, it’s crazy because I don’t get why these people aren’t running after that ball for 90 minutes.
“A lot of people blame the managers, the coaches, but at the end of the day there are too many prima donnas at Manchester United and the best thing that could have happened is having a clearout, like what’s happening. They need to knuckle down.
“They need someone strict, like Sir Alex Ferguson, who’s going to tell them what to do and if they’re not listening to say, ‘It’s the bench for you, I do not care how good you are or how famous you are, you’re not playing until you decide to work hard ‘. The word ‘team’ means everybody pulls their own weight, they do not rely on someone else to score the goals or to run for them.
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“It’s everyone working hard for a common interest, a common goal, and that’s winning. I know nothing about managing football but I know everything about winning and I know everybody has to muck in to get results. If I go into the gym on my own to train for a world title then I’m not going to be that successful.
“Which is why I have a full team – my masseuse, my strength-and-conditioning guy, my sparring partners, coaches, that sort of stuff – and we’re all pulling in the same direction to go in there and get results, because that’s what’s needed. If some of these guys are pulling in different directions and doing it for their own benefit, we wouldn’t be getting the results year in, year out. ”
Fury also offered up his own theory on United hero Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 24 goals in all competitions last season since his move back from Juventus.
He added: “It’s good news Ronaldo is staying on, but here’s a theory: when they did not have him the season before last, they finished second in the Premier League, then we had Ronaldo and we finished sixth. People will say, ‘Well, if we hadn’t had him scoring 20 goals we’d have finished a lot lower last season’, but we did not the season before and we finished a lot higher.
“When you have a superstar like Ronaldo, everybody relies on him to score goals and if he wasn’t there they’d be scoring the goals themselves, like they did the season before last.
“I’m not saying he’s a bad asset, he’s a great asset, but sometimes with a star player, he carries the team and the young people are overshadowed by it all, they do not get their chance to shine because ‘the great Ronaldo ‘is on the pitch. “
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