Gary Neville reckons a lack of leadership has become a real problem at Manchester United compared to his own playing days.
United finished last season 32 points behind Premier League champions Manchester City in sixth place. They also exited the Champions League and FA Cup quarter-finals, while a third-round Carabao Cup exit ensured them of a second trophyless campaign in a row.
The Red Devils are now working hard behind the scenes in signing new talent in the summer transfer window.
But, for Neville, the clear lack of leadership needs to be addressed and called on coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to kick anyone out who isn’t on board with United’s principles.
“When I was playing you always had three groups – the guardians, the middle group and the younger ones,” said Neville, according to Goal.
“When I started in the first team, there were players like Paul Ince and Roy Keane and one bad pass was regarded as an absolute crime.
“Manchester United doesn’t have the guardians now. Absolutely not, no. There are some good professionals there, Juan Mata for instance, Ander Herrera, when he was there, and Scott McTominay – you can see he’s a good lad and wants to play football.”
The Red Devils legend added: “But I don’t think they carry the influence in the dressing room to be able to dominate the culture and that’s a real problem.
“In any business, in any football team if the guardians in the dressing room, the ones who have the influence, are not setting the example, then you have a big problem and have to clear them out,”
So far, United have signed Daniel James from Swansea City in the transfer window for €17m. Although a new arrival in Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka could be on the table, with the club allegedly close to sealing a deal.