Manchester United Are Developing A New Leadership Group With Three Players
Manchester United are developing a new leadership group with three players.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come to value the influence of Man United’s 30-somethings but the next generation are being prepared to take over the leadership group. It was last month Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trumpeted the acoustics in the Manchester United dressing room.
“We have some good characters in the team,” he emphasised. “The dressing room is louder, it’s more vocal. Of course, with the experience of Nemanja Matic, who has won it a couple of times, David [de Gea], Juan Mata, Edinson [Cavani]. “The aforementioned quartet are all in their 30s and Solskjaer belatedly heeded Matic’s advice on the eve of last season. “Quality and experience bring you the title,” Matic stressed to reporters in Singapore. “In this squad we have quality and no experience.”
Matic’s comments caused a stir at a time United were bringing the average age of their squad down, recruiting 21-year-olds Daniel James and Aaron Wan -Bissaka. Marouane Fellaini, Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera – either in their 30s or in their 30th year – left and later that summer Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian, both 29, were jettisoned. United lost eight of their first 24 Premier League fixtures last season and were 30 points adrift of Liverpool, so far ahead they resembled a mirage, partly due to a naive squad they were developing. Even the 34-year-old club captain, Ashley Young, left in January. Manchester United beat West Ham 1-0 in the FA Cup, thanks to Scott McTominay’s extra- time winner.
United sealed a spot in the cup quarterb-finals with victory over David Moyes’ side at Old Trafford, and now they travel to West Brom in the league on Sunday.