'CR7 has every right to speak his mind!'

English Premier League

With Cristiano Ronaldo having publicly questioned some of his teammates' mentality recently, a Manchester United legend has insisted the Portuguese star has every right to speak his mind if other players in the team want to be winners like him.

Various reports have suggested that there is some tension in the United dressing room, with Ronaldo saying in a recent interview that some of the team's players respond poorly to criticism from him aimed to help them improve amid the club's struggles this season.

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Frustration is growing, with reports suggesting the 36-year-old is willing to leave the club if they fail to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League. It has been further claimed that he has already instructed his agent Jorge Mendes to hold talks with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez over a possible return to Los Blancos.

United legend Louis Saha has now weighed in on the situation at Old Trafford, and urged the club's players to be open to the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's advice as he is a serial winner. 

"You know, this is a different version of the Ronaldo that I played with," the Frenchman explained in an interview with Genting.

"He's played at the top level for 20 years. This Ronaldo has evolved. He's full of confidence. He's got a trophy to back up every word he says.

"He was a worker. He was someone that was dedicated to winning. It's not about him, and he wouldn't bully someone to appear strong. No, no, no – he wanted to win.

"These United players need to ask themselves: 'Do they want to be a winner like him?'

"If so, they need to listen to him, they need to be as dedicated as him in training, they need to focus on improving week on week. They need to be humble, work hard and shut up.

"If any player has the right to speak his mind in the dressing room, it is Cristiano Ronaldo. Many of these young players have yet to make their mark in the game.

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"They haven't proved anything. They may have a few international caps, but what have they won?

"I don't know if he is talking about the defence, the midfield, the strikers, it doesn't matter. 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."

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'CR7 has every right to speak his mind!'