Edwin van der Sar tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer what Man United are missing
Edwin van der Sar outlines what Man United are missing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Edwin van der Sar believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side lack leaders.
The Red Devils slumped to their third Premier League defeat of the season last weekend following a narrow 1-0 loss to Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
Manchester United are in twelfth place in the Premier League table and 15 points adrift of leaders Liverpool FC following a return of two victories in eight games.
The 20-time English champions have lost to Crystal Palace and West Ham, while Manchester United have only managed to score five times in seven games since a 4-0 win over Chelsea FC on the opening day of the Premier League season.
Manchester United signed Leicester City centre-half Harry Maguire, Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Swansea City winger Daniel James in the summer.
However, Van der Sar believes Manchester United need to add some “strong characters” to their squad like the club used to have under Sir Alex Ferguson.
“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.”
Manchester United will take on bitter rivals Liverpool FC in their next Premier League game at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils appointed Solskjaer as their new manager back in December after Jose Mourinho was sacked following a 3-1 loss to Liverpool FC at Anfield.
Solskjaer’s men finished in sixth spot in the Premier League last term.