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Why Bruce is fearing anarchy

Steve Bruce says Manchester United have to back Jose Mourinho – or else “anarchy” will reign at Old Trafford.

Aston Villa’s boss has warned that the Portuguese must win his feud with Paul Pogba, a bitter power-battle that has consumed the club during the past few days.

Bruce, who skippered the Red Devils to the Double in ’94, says that, while players have always held a degree of sway, the manager’s word must be final.

And he says the minute that stops, “the lunatics will take over the asylum”.

Bruce said: “Let’s not kid ourselves, to a certain degree, player-power has always been there.

“But there has to be respect between any player and manager.

“I worked under the master, Sir Alex Ferguson. He had that respect. As ­players, we didn’t always like it – but we respected him.

“And if that relationship doesn’t exist any more… well, the lunatics will be running the asylum.

“It becomes a ­free-for-all. One person has to be ­accountable because, if that’s not the case, I can guarantee that the club – and that’s any club, not just ­Manchester United – will have ­problems.

“It could be anarchy.”

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