Manchester United have had a terrible start to the season, and the club is currently on a poor run of form.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job is rumoured to be unsafe as United currently lie in 12th place and just two points above the drop zone.
Manchester United legend Edwin van der Sar believes Manchester United are missing ‘strong characters’ in the squad and believes it’s the biggest challenge Solskjaer’s side is facing.
Van der Sar won four Premier League titles during his time at Old Trafford and believes that strong characters have been missing in the United dressing room the past few years.
“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.”
Van der Sar also questioned whether his former side will be able to attract big names.
“Of course, the name [of Manchester United] is there. And of course the following they have all over the world,” he added.
“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.”