Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named the main leaders in his squad.
Speaking to the High Performance podcast the United boss lauded the quartet of Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba, who he will now rely upon to drag the Red Devils through some crucial games in their battle to finish in the top four.
Asked who United's leaders are, Solskjaer said: “You have had an example lately in Marcus Rashford – what kind of human being he is, but also a leader. He stepped forward on and off the pitch. He took his first penalty for Man United ever, added time, PSG, Champions League and he scored it. Marcus is a leader.
“Of course you’ve got Bruno, who has come in and you can see he’s a leader because players follow him. That was the little spark we needed, from a team that should have won games to now winning games.
“And of course Harry Maguire, who’s captain of the club within six months.
“Paul Pogba is an unbelievable leader, both on and off the pitch. He steps up with his world class qualities as a player but also a leader. I spent a lot of time with Paul as I had him in the reserves and it was easy to rekindle that relationship and he enjoyed it.”
On Fernandes, Solskjaer added: “He’s got the talent of course, we’ve seen the quality. Then again he steps up when it matters. He’s delivered crosses, assists, scored goals, took penalties – he’s done everything you expect in a short space of time.
“And off the pitch in training, he demands of me, of teammates and the first day he was in the club he shook everyone’s hands. He didn’t come in thinking ‘I’m the big shot and you follow me' – no. He shook every staff member’s hand. Man United is family and the atmosphere Sir Alex [Ferguson] created here is unique.”
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