Cape Town - Former Manchester United goalkeeper
Edwin van der Sar believes manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs more
strong leaders in his squad to turn their season around.
The Red Devils were beaten 1-0 at struggling Newcastle on Sunday and
their only victory in their last five outings in all competitions was a
penalty shoot-out success over League One side Rochdale in the Carabao
United have claimed just nine points from their opening eight games
in the Premier League and are 12th in the table, 15 points behind
"I think for ourselves, when I came in the dressing room we had Ryan
Giggs, you had [Paul] Scholes, you had [Rio] Ferdinand, [Gary] Neville
and even Roy Keane at that time," Van der Sar told ESPN.
"I think there's always been strong characters. And I think for the
last couple of years the strong characters have disappeared and [are]
not making a difference anymore."
On whether big-name players would still be attracted to United, Van
der Sar added: "Of course, the name [of Manchester United] is there. And
of course the following they have all over the world.
"But for a player... you want to play at a certain level, you also
want to have an idea that you can win trophies and they must take that
opportunity also to improve the squad and make the world-class players
they have, or the players that they're going to sign, that they feel
welcome and that there's a good path to where they're going to go to."
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