Van der Sar says United need strong characters

Van der Sar says United need strong characters”

The Leicester City midfielder is now the highest tackler in Europe's top-four Leagues, such a player should be in United's transfer wishlist.

When asked to comment on the hard times Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team is facing, the former Netherlands worldwide, who was a teammate of Solskjaer's at United, told ESPN FC in an exclusive interview: "Of course it's hard. I left there eight years ago and it was a tremendous last six years of my career, winning four Premier League titles and playing in three Champions League finals", he told ESPN FC.

United delayed the dismissal of former boss Jose Mourinho until December of previous year but they may need to act sooner with Solskjaer's position, given Allegri is unlikely to accept the role when the festive schedule kicks off.

"They bought younger, inexperienced players with a certain desire and hunger, and not like the big names they bought the last six, seven years".

While still capable of attracting talented players, Van der Sar admits the club's lack of recent success may make signings in the future increasingly hard.

His memories of Old Trafford consist of a dressing room full of loud voices, something that he feels has been lost in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's current crop. So I think there's always been strong characters.

Defeat at St James' Park extended the club's winless run away from home to 11 matches, and former Manchester United goalkeeper Van der Sar believes a lack of leaders is partly to blame for the club's decline.

On whether big-name players would still be attracted to United, Van der Sar added: "Of course, the name [of Manchester United] is there". Their next game is against Liverpool at the Ole Trafford and needless to say, they are not the favourites to win the game based on their dismal form.

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