Patrice Evra has hit out at the lack of leaders in Manchester United’s dressing room, in an interview with SkySports.
United ended the season in terrible form, and Ander Herrera’s exit compounds issues with a lack of fight in the team.
One wildcard move United could make this summer is to capitalise on Daniele de Rossi’s shock exit from Roma.
There are reasons not to get involved. He is 35, has never played in England, and his plans are unclear.
There is also a strong case to be made to bring in the 2006 World Cup winner on a one year deal to shake up Manchester United’s flops.
De Rossi is a player who says he models his game on Roy Keane. His passion and leadership have been clear throughout his career.
The one club man is now set to be released, and he does not plan to retire, with BBC Sport reporting he is looking for ‘a new adventure’.
United will make big money moves this summer, to sign young talent and players at their peak.
But adding a player of De Rossi’s experience to fire up the squad and add grit to United’s team would have benefit too, on a one-year deal.
This past season he played in 22 games for Roma. If he could give United the same for one season it would help the team out. But it’s about more than that.
At times players like Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial have come under fire for laziness on the pitch off the ball.
With a fiery midfield general of De Rossi’s experience and reputation in there, that would not be allowed to happen, and that’s what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to get his message across.
We don’t necessarily expect this to happen, but it’s the type of outside the box move United may need to make to give the team a jolt and get back on track.