Fergie warns Man U players to cut down on lifestyle excesses

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London, Nov.8 (ANI): Sir Alex Ferguson has ordered his Manchester United stars to curb their "lifestyle excesses" as part of a crackdown at the club.

The United boss wants all his players to be clean living and mindful of their public image.

One of Ferguson's major gripes is the 200, 000 pound super car culture that was part of the Cristiano Ronaldo era.

That is bad news for the likes of Brazilian midfielder Anderson, the proud owner of a white £100,000 Audi R8.

According to a News of The World report, Fergie has now told his players to tone down their status symbols, particularly during the current financial crisis.

In response, many of United's players have taken up the option to drive sensible Audi club cars, which are provided by United's sponsor.

Fergie, who grew tired of the players' excessive displays of wealth, changes cars every three months as part of the agreement with Audi.

Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick are among a number of other players at the club who have taken up the Audi option.

Gary Neville was the first to turn his back on the super car culture and now turns up to training in an eco- friendly Toyota Prius.

Owen Hargreaves rolls into the training ground in a Mini Cooper.

That change of culture has met with Fergie's approval after years of excess among his United squad.

Two weeks ago, the reigning Premier League champions brought in measures to prevent 'non-essential' staff eating free porridge and toast from the staff canteen at Carrington.

The number of employees working at United's training HQ has risen to over 100 in the last few years and United are intent on making the cutbacks. (ANI)

Story first published: Sunday, November 8, 2009, 15:49 [IST]
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