Solskjaer says Man Utd ‘need a player’ like former skipper

Ian Watson

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United can “get back to the level we were” – but the Red Devils are still lacking leadership.

The United boss was speaking at an even in Perth where they are currently preparing for the Norwegian’s first full season in charge.

Solskjaer promised a ‘ruthless’ cull of the dressing room during a hugely disappointing conclusion to last season but United have so far struggled to shift some players while the club has so far resisted the temptation to sell Paul Pogba.

United have only brought in Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka – two players with vast potential but many fans are struggling to see where the immediate improvement required will come from.

Solskjaer is still optimistic of signing more players and the former United striker admits he needs more leadership of the type provided by Bryan Robson during his 13-year spell at the club.

Standing next to Robson while addressing supporters, Solskjaer said: “We need to win again. We are on the way to building a new squad.

“We’ve got new staff in, coaching staff. I believe so much in this club and this project. To be manager of this club is fantastic.

“I’m standing next to the history of this club. I never had the honour of playing with Robbo but we need a player like him in the team.

“We’re waiting for the young ones to come through because we’ve got so many exciting players and I’m sure we’ll see the best of them in the years to come. There are some experienced ones as well that still have a few years left in them.

“We can get back to the level we were, definitely.”