Ole Gunnar Solskhaer has just two leaders in his Manchester United squad, believes Paul Scholes

Ole Gunnar Solskhaer has just two leaders in his Manchester United squad, believes Paul Scholes

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Does Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lack leaders on the pitch? (Picture: Visionhaus)

Paul Scholes believes only Harry Maguire and ‘possibly’ Bruno Fernandes can be considered leaders in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United squad.

Much has been made of the leadership in the Red Devils team after another United great, Roy Keane, suggested there was not a single leader in the squad.

Speaking after Premier League defeat to Arsenal, Keane said: ‘You roll your sleeves up at Manchester United. ‘Things aren’t going your way and that’s when you need leaders and characters.

‘It’s not that I don’t see enough of them, I don’t any see leaders out there. Right through the whole team. From the experienced players. Really really worrying for United.’

Scholes has taken the edge off the Irishman’s comments, believing there is not a complete absence of leaders, but certainly a lack of them.

‘Anything Roy says I tend to agree with,’ Scholes told BT Sport. ‘But I think Harry [Maguire] is a good leader, there’s not many others in the squad that are leaders.

‘Possibly Bruno Fernandes could be.

‘I think the problem Harry’s had is his one-on-one defending and Victor Lindelof next to him as well. Which is why he’s needed so much protection.’

‘Well, Roy has always been outspoken,’ said Solskjaer. ‘I’m very glad I’ve got the players that we have here with us.

‘We’ve got different jobs. Roy’s job is to give his opinion, I will always listen to Roy.

‘But we move on here with a great group of players, a strong group of players, and I’m sure we’ll see a response.’

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