‘What have they won?’ – Louis Saha tells Man Utd moaners to shut up and listen to Cristiano Ronaldo

Louis Saha believes the players at United should listen to Cristiano Ronaldo. (Picture: Getty)

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has told the club’s moaners to shut up and listen to Cristiano Ronaldo

Last week, the Portuguese talisman spoke out about some of the attitudes within the squad, suggesting that some of the younger players were not prepared to listen to the more experienced pros like himself when dishing out advice. 

His comments caused some backlash among fans but according to Saha, Ronaldo was well within his rights to throw criticism at some members of the Red Devils’ camp. 

‘If any player has the right to speak his mind in the dressing room, it is Cristiano Ronaldo.’ The Frenchman told Genting Casino.

‘Many of these young players have yet to make their mark in the game. They haven’t proved anything. They may have a few international caps, but what have they won?

Saha played for Manchester United from 2003-2008. (Picture: Getty)

‘As a player, if you can’t take criticism, that’s not normal, because he is only saying it to help players improve.

‘He wants to win trophies while he’s there and he knows how to do it, so the players must listen to him. Yes, but for the right reasons. It’s not negative. 

‘Of course, it’s like if you’re not intimidated by your god, you have no respect. I’m not saying that the players should consider him a god, but he will be remembered as one of the best players the world has ever seen.’

Saha, who scored 42 goals during a five-year stint at Old Trafford, also challenged the players to follow in Ronaldo’s footsteps and work as he has during his trophy-laden career.

‘If the players don’t respect what he’s saying, that’s not normal. They should be listening. They should be taking in every bit of advice because the guy has been successful throughout his career. 

‘The players need to sacrifice to improve. They should be like, ‘Hang on a minute – let me try this for six months. I’ll try to do as much as he does. If I’m tired after sixty minutes maybe the next week I’m ready to play seventy.’

Ronaldo started in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Brentford, but was hauled off with twenty minutes to go, provoking an angry reaction from the 36-year-old. As he came off, he could be seen uttering some choice words before throwing his coat to the ground and sitting on a step in the dugout. 

United boss Ralf Rangnick was quick to quash talk of any clash, calling Ronaldo’s actions ‘normal’ and that his substitution was driven in part by the experience of letting a two-goal lead slip to Aston Villa on Saturday. 

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