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'Ronaldo Used Man Utd As An Apprenticeship'

A former Manchester United coach claims Cristiano Ronaldo used the Red Devils as as an apprenticeship.

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The Portuguese winger joined the Red Devils from Sporting Lisbon in 2004 as an 18-year-old prospect after impressing in a pre-season game against the English outfit.

Ronaldo went on to establish himself as one of the world best players during his time at Old Trafford where he won three Premier League titles and a UEFA Champions League title.

Former United trainee Mick Clegg My office was in the gym so I was always available for anyone whenever they wanted to talk. It's listening to the player and finding out what they need in their minds that is key.

"I'd seen him play over in Portugal. I'm back in Carrington in my chair in the gym and this young lad turns up early in the morning. He comes in and says 'I've heard about you and I know you do a lot of work individually with the players," he told the BBC documentary 'Cristiano Ronaldo: Impossible to Ignore.

"Then he said 'I'm going to be the best player in the world.'

"The thing about Cristiano at United is that I know he came to use United as an apprenticeship.

"I remember watching him in matches and he would make a mistake, or get caught, he’d fall down and then you’d have the crowd shouting at him, players shouting at him. But it didn’t bother him.

"Then he would know, ‘This is the bit I need to work on’, and he would go and work on it."

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