‘Man Utd lacking quality leaders’


Saha believes that Pogba has all the makings of a future Man Utd captain.

Former Man Utd striker Louis Saha is of the opinion that the side is going through a transitional period and will eventually come good.

He believes the squad has improved under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and must be given time to show their worth.

“We have certainly improved in the way we play. The presence of Harry Maguire is important as he is a future star who has proved his worth with Leicester and England with his excellent composure in defence. Daniel James is also a rising star with immense talent,” said Saha.

The Frenchman, who turned 41 last month, also believes that the manager is right in believing in the young talent at his disposal.

“We have one of the youngest squads in the Premier League and I believe that we have to give youth a chance as the current market for players is crazy with clubs paying absurd prices and if you are not competing in the Champions League, then it is also hard to lure players.

“It will certainly take time for the young players to make an impact but we are on the right track.”

Saha has also defended the presence of his countryman Paul Pogba (pic) in the squad. He insists that Pogba is the only world-class player within their ranks and has plenty to offer the club.

“He is a fantastic talent but if you look around him, there are not many leaders in the squad. There is so much unjust criticism of him as everyone pinpoints the club’s failure on the pitch to Pogba. During my time, we had the likes of Scholesy (Paul Scholes), (Roy) Keane and Giggsy (Ryan Giggs), and if someone is having an off day, we can count on these players to step up, including Rio (Rio Ferdinand) and Gary Neville. But if you look at Pogba now on the pitch, who does he have to rely on or share that burden of expectation? No one! So United are lacking two or three leaders on the pitch,” said Saha.

Saha also believes that Pogba has all the attributes to be a leader for Solskjaer’s side.

“He is a brilliant player and a future leader. He is a World Cup winner, he’s got the potential to be one of the best — Ballon d’Or potential. He is a confident lad and technically gifted and all these attributes makes him to surely become a leader.”

Pogba has struggled to find his best form so far this season, failing to score in any of United’s opening four matches and Saha also had sympathy for his fellow countryman, and suggested the World Cup winner suffers harsher criticism due to his ability.

“Pogba tries his best but sometimes there is no one there to help him. When you are not surrounded by leaders, you are sometimes asked to do things that you are not naturally cut out for. So this extra burden can be detrimental, but I can tell you in all honesty that he gives his 100% on the pitch,” added Saha.

Saha is also tipping Manchester City to defend the league title this season.

“I think we all can see that City and Liverpool are miles ahead of the rest so as long as Liverpool do not win it then we are all happy,” chuckled Saha, who tips Tottenham to emerge third with Man Utd clinching fourth spot and with it Champions League football next season.

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