Edwin Van der Sar, former Manchester United goalkeeper, has noted that the current crop of players at the club lack ‘characters’.
Van der Sar, who joined United in 2005 from Fulham, won four Premier League titles under Sir Alex Ferguson, before retiring from football at the club in 2011.
Since Ferguson left United in 2013, they have struggled to attract quality players.
The club have not won the league in six years, and are currently two points from the relegation zone, after enduring their worst start to a campaign in 30 years under former club legend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Dutch man, who is currently the sporting director at Ajax Amsterdam, has been linked with the same role at United, who are planning to establish the office for the first time at Old Trafford.
Speaking on the tumultuous season United have had so far, the former Juventus’ number one, who played with the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes, said the woes at the club is because his former club do not have players with influence in the dressing room.
He said: “ When I came in the dressing room, we had Ryan Goggs, you had Scholes, you had Ferdinand, Neville and and even Roy Keane at the time. So I think there’s always been strong characters. And I think for the last couple of years, the strong characters have disappeared.”
The Solskjaer’s side have eight points from nine matches so far, and they welcome Liverpool after the international break.