Paul Ince: Manchester United lack leaders on the pitch

by Marwan Harraz

Former Manchester United player Paul Ince has criticised the club’s current players for a lack of leadership, pinpointing the match against Huddersfield as proof.

A former England international and a midfielder for the Red Devils for six years, Ince had his fair share of success with two Premier League titles and two FA cups to his name.

Paul’s association with the club means he’s quite often called upon to comment on how United are doing and he did not hold back this time.

Lack of leadership in the current squad has been an area of concern since Sir Alex Ferguson retired from management.

The squad then were full of serial winners and leaders but have since been completely disbanded with Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, David De Gea, Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones the players who survived.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Ince said: “I watched Huddersfield beat Manchester United on television last month and while I was delighted for my son Thomas, I noticed the lack of leaders on the pitch for United, which goes for most clubs these days.

“I’d have been yelling at Roy Keane, he’d have been yelling at me, same with Gary Pallister and others. Phil Jones has a little bit of that, one of the reasons Jose Mourinho likes him, but when he went off injured, there was nobody else to bang heads.”

United’s squad currently do have a bit of a leadership issue which is expected in a transitioning team.

By all means the Red Devils aren’t the finished article and the lack of a real captain is an area of concern.

After Wayne Rooney‘s departure, Michael Carrick has been handed the captain’s armband but has only featured once all season.

Even Rooney struggled for game time under Jose Mourinho‘s management and it’s apparently why he decided to leave to Everton.

With Carrick’s lack of game time, several different players have lead United with no real vice-captain being named.

Valencia, Young, Smalling and Paul Pogba have all captained Manchester United at different times this season and the lack of a real stand out candidate has shown.

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