Former Manchester United star Paul Ince has described David Moyes’ side as having a “major problem,” following their terrible start to the season, according to talkSPORT.
The ex-Red Devil bemoaned the current United squad’s lack of a leader, and even went as far as to say the side had not been the same since the departure of legendary captain Roy Keane in 2005.
The reigning Premier League champions currently occupy 7th place in the Premier League table and have looked a shadow of the side they were under Sir Alex Ferguson following his retirement at the end last season.
And Ince believes there is major work to be done if Moyes is to lift his team out of the mire, with the first port of call being to find someone who can lead the other players on the pitch.
“When you look at the team, they have never replaced Roy Keane,” Ince told talkSPORT.
“Ryan Giggs is coming to the end, Paul Scholes has retired. There are lots of players who have been there a long time. They are senior players who are Man United through and through.
“There are no leaders. It’s a major problem. Chelsea have people like John Terry and Gary Cahill, proper leaders, Man United don’t.”
The former Old Trafford midfielder then went on to add that he didn’t expect United’s fortunes to be changing anytime soon, predicting that it could take more than a year for them to get things right.
“I don’t think you’ll see the best of Man United and Moyes for another year or year and a half,” he said.
“He’s got a lot of change to make, not just one, two or three people, which Sir Alex Ferguson would do. He’s got seven or eight players to change in that team. They have to give Moyes time to build that team. He has to change the whole team.
“They’ve got to give him time. Moyes has got a huge renovation job to do. He’s going to lose probably a lot of players in the summer. Who knows what’s going to happen with Wayne Rooney? Robin van Persie is going to be a year older.”