Peter Schmeichel names Manchester United’s five ‘leaders’ after Arsenal defeat

Peter Schmeichel has reacted to Manchester United's defeat to Arsenal
Peter Schmeichel has reacted to Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal (Picture: Sky Sports)

Peter Schmeichel has dismissed the suggestion that Manchester United have no ‘leaders’ in their dressing room after the deflating Premier League defeat to Arsenal.

The Red Devils appeared to have turned a corner in recent weeks by beating PSG and RB Leipzig in the Champions League, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side produced another underwhelming performance as they were beaten by Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half penalty was enough to separate the teams, with Manchester United now 15th in the Premier League table with just two wins from six matches.

One of the perceived problems at Old Trafford is the lack of leaders in the dressing room, a stark contract to Manchester United teams gone by who have been able to call upon the likes of Roy Keane, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney.

But Schmeichel believes there are at least five ‘leaders’ in the current Manchester United team, although he admits they did not turn up against Arsenal.

He told BeIN Sports: ‘We played in a time when everyone was a leader. That has all changed. You don’t see as many of those types of people any more.

‘But I think [Bruno] Fernandes looks like a leader. Harry [Maguire] is a leader. Of course he’s a bit hurt from what he experienced over the summer.

‘I know David [De Gea] doesn’t look like it, but he’s a leader as well. I think from what we saw today as well that it’s quite evident that [Victor] Lindelof is a leader.

‘I was in Paris for the game against PSG and watching that game up close with no crowd, you can hear people.

‘Rashford talks a lot. Marcus came through the academy and he’s a young player. But he’s challenged the Prime Minister, his petition has got more than 1 million signatures. He’s a leader.

‘So I’m not saying Manchester United don’t have any leaders, but today they didn’t step up.’

Solskjaer, meanwhile, admits his team ‘did not turn up’ against Arsenal, who are showing real progress under Mikel Arteta.

He said: ‘That’s football for you. It goes up and down.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired Arsenal to victory at Old Trafford
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired Arsenal to victory at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

‘We didn’t turn up, especially in the first half. That’s what we have to address because we know these boys can be so good.

‘We knew that this was the big game this week. And unfortunately in the first half we didn’t play well enough.

‘Second half we played better, we never seemed to have to defend too much. But when we did have to, we were too slow and gave away the penalty.’

Manchester United face Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

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