Solskjaer hits back at Keane’s claims over lack of leaders at Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has rejected Roy Keane's claim that there are no leaders among Manchester United's players.

Former United skipper Keane, who also said Solskjaer's players will get him the sack, made his claim in the wake of Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Arsenal at Old Trafford.

But Solskjaer and current United skipper Harry Maguire hit back at Keane, insisting there are plenty of leaders within the current squad.

“Roy has always been outspoken and I'm very glad we have the players we've got here with us,” said Solskjaer.

“We've got different jobs and Roy's job is to give his opinion.

“I always listen to Roy but we move on here with a great group of players, a strong group of players, and I'm sure we'll see a response.”

Maguire, who had a difficult summer with his conviction for aggravated assault, bribery and resisting arrest while on holiday in Mykonos, said: “I haven't seen his [Keane's] comments, but there are a lot of leaders in this squad.

"We don’t look at what's happening, especially after a negative result, we don’t bring the negativity in. For sure there’s a lot of leaders in this squad, I’m the captain I have a lot of leadership around me with staff and players."

On own situation, having been criticised for his inconsistent form this season, Maguire said: “My mind's fully focused on football, obviously I had a difficult period in the summer, but I'm fully focused.

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“I come into training each day, work as hard as I can, I focus on each game as it comes and I can only say I'm fully focused each day on improving and taking this club forward.”

United face Istanbul Basaksehir tomorrow, looking to make it three wins from three in the Champions League, in contrast to their domestic form, with them languishing in 15th place in the Premier League, after picking up just seven points from 18.

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