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Manchester United may have another Cristiano Ronaldo and David De Gea


Both players arrived at the club in need of bulking up but, once they did, became undisputed Old Trafford hits.

Ronaldo joined from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 as David Beckham’s replacement, initially cutting a skinny figure as he struggled to adjust to life in his new surroundings.

But when the club put him on a specific diet and nutrition plan, the Portugal international changed forever.

Mick Clegg served under Sir Alex Ferguson and, speaking in 2020, revealed the work that went in to moulding Ronaldo into a superstar.

“Very early on in his time at the club – in the first couple of weeks – Cristiano had asked me to help him become the best in the world,” he said.

“He wanted to be better than Ryan Giggs. He wanted to be better than everyone.

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