Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has flatly denied claims from Roy Keane, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to be drawn into a debate about leaders.
Former United skipper Keane has been very vocal in his job as a Sky Sports pundit stating that he believes the players at Old Trafford will get Solskjaer the sack.
Keane’s latest gripe was that United have no leaders within the Old Trafford dressing room after assessing their 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.
“I don’t see men out there,” said Keane. “I don’t see guys you want to be in the trenches with, guys you trust. Alex Ferguson always used to make the point that you need courage to be a Manchester United player – wanting the ball when you don’t really want it.
“Bravery doesn’t necessarily mean nailing somebody. Bravery means wanting possession, fans on your back, courage to pass the ball forward. We saw United players taking the easy option. They have to do better.”
Asked if he had seen the comments, Maguire, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s date with Istanbul Basaksehir, said: “I haven’t seen his comments. We don’t look at what’s happening, especially after a negative result, we don’t bring the negativity into the place, we stay positive.
“I can say 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, so no. There’s a lot of leaders in the squad.”
Maguire was instead keen to focus on securing a third successive win in the Champions League.
He added: “The main thing is working hard, trying to improve.
Ole doesn’t take the Keane bait
“Coming into training each day, trying to improve. We want to be consistent. Last season when we found consistency we achieved third in the Premier League and Champions League football.
“We started off not in the best shape this season. We have worked hard since we came back from international break and since then we have been really good.
“We have conceded two own goals and a soft penalty. We are on the right track but we need to get the right balance.”
United boss Solskjaer was also probed about Keane’s latest comments, but the Norwegian refused to take the bait.
He said: “Well Roy has always been outspoken. I am very glad I have got the players I have here. We have different jobs, and his is to give his opinion.”