Manchester United legend wants veteran duo to show leadership

Roy Keane Signing Autographs as Man Utd player

Roy Keane urges Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand to show more authority in the Manchester United dressing room.

The 2013-14 season has been disappointing to say the least for Manchester United.

The Red Devils are struggling in seventh place in the Premier League, having collected just 51 points from 31 matches, and are virtually out of the running for a top-four finish.

Not only that, but David Moyes’s side have also failed to reach the final of either the FA Cup or the League Cup.

True, United staged a brilliant comeback against Olympiakos to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but to advance further, they would need to get the better of Bayern Munich. No easy feat.

Under Moyes, the United players have often failed to exhibit that steel and never-say-die attitude that was the hallmark of Sir Alex Ferguson’s era. The Premier League giants have lost many a game this campaign without actually appearing to illustrate much spirit and determination.

United legend Roy Keane knows all that, which is why he has urged the veteran players in the squad to take a more leading role in the dressing room.

The former Red Devils captain himself was a fearsome midfielder who had a strong authority in the team.

The 42-year-old now wants his ex-teammates Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand to take charge of the dressing room and gear up the players for the rest of the season.

"Giggsy, Rio, they've got to step up to the plate," The Mirror quotes the Irishman as saying. "One or two of the new players are getting a little bit criticism, but it's up to the players who have been there a few years, who know what Manchester United are about.

"They are lacking a few leaders at the moment. I don't think they have that type of player in the group anyway.

"There is no point expecting certain players to lead when they are not that type of character.

"You have got to have that passion. There's no problem losing football matches, but you can lose in a good way.

"The way United have lost the last few games has been more upsetting than anything else.

"They have to get certain players in, certain characters to make sure they battle for every minute of every game.

"There are players leaving. I don't think that helps. When I played at United very rarely did a player leave the club.

"We're seeing that with (Nemanja) Vidic, there's talk about (Patrice) Evra and obviously Rio and Giggsy are coming to an end." 

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