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Is a title challenge possible for Man Utd?

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No special treatment for Ronaldinho - Dunga

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Brazil coach Dunga made clear on Tuesday that he would not offer any special treatment to Ronaldinho or guarantee him a place in the national team.

Ronaldinho has started only one international under Dunga, a 2-0 win over Wales, and was forced to sit on the bench for the games against Ecuador and Switzerland./news/story?id=394719&cc=

He has not scored for his country since the Confederations Cup final against Argentina last year, providing more ammunition for critics who say that he saves his best for his club Barcelona.

Asked about Ronaldinho's future in the team, Dunga said the Barcelona forward would have to earn his place.

'The Brazilian national team has a squad of 22 players of whom 11 can play,' Dunga told reporters. 'I pick the 11 who are in the best technical and physical conditions.

Dunga also dispenses any special pep-talks with the player.

'We talk to all the players in the same way and we try to make them feel comfortable,' he said.

Although he is unbeaten in five internationals since replacing Carlos Alberto Parreira following the World Cup, Dunga is already being criticised for leaving Ronaldinho on the bench.

He said that Ronaldinho's disappointing performance at the World Cup was a reflection of Brazil's overall poor display, which ended with a quarter-final defeat against France.

'Ronaldinho had a very wearing season, didn't have any time to recover before and carried a huge weight of expectation,' he said.

'When the team does well, then the individuals shine. When the team doesn't do well, neither do the individuals.

'Now that Ronaldinho has had a chance to train and find his rhythm, he's getting better. I hope he keeps improving so that he can play the same football for Brazil as he plays for Barcelona.'

Dunga, famous for his swashbuckling style when he captained Brazil at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, said he did not think there was room for his type of captaincy, which many felt bordered on bullying, in the current game.

'I'm not looking for that type of captain,' he said. 'I don't think my type of leadership would be good in today's game.'

Dunga's predecessar Parreira said that the new coach's biggest problem would be imposing his own ideas on the team.

'You have to fight with a lot of people,' said Parreira, who was Dunga's coach in 1994 and also led Brazil in 2006.

'You fight with the media and you fight with the supporters.

'You need a lot of personality, a lot of strength of mind, to do this.'