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Louis Saha: ALL Manchester United players could play in the old era but there is a concern with Erik ten Hag



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Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has offered his opinion on which current United players could have made it in his era.

Saha, 45, won four major trophies during his time with Manchester United and scored 28 goals in 86 appearances from 2004 to 2008.

Having played with some of the best to ever wear the United badge, the Frenchman gave his assessment of the current squad in an interview with BetFred.

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He said: “To be honest, I believe all the players could play in the era I played in. I think they’re all very good players.

“However, when you have the likes of Roy Keane, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Edwin van der Sar and Ruud van Nistelrooy in your team, you have a collective of players that are obsessed with football.

“Those guys would approach a game as if it was life and death and the most important game in the world. I didn’t have the same mentality as those guys, but what I did do was really up my game when surrounded by those legends of the club.”

While the former number nine praised United’s current squad’s talent, he believes they may lack the elite mentality of his former teammates.

He added: “With this current crop of Manchester United players, they have a team full of quality, but their approach to games is sometimes a concern.

“They have four or five players that are really consistent and motivated, and when they have a bad game, it doesn’t matter, but they’re a minority in terms of the entire squad. When the majority takes over, they lack confidence and speak out when they’re criticised, and this is the problem.

“Any of those players could play in our era because they’re really good players, but they’re not helped because the balance isn’t right, and they’re not playing with an entire squad that are completely obsessed with football.

“A lot of the players I played with wouldn’t take any bull****. You can’t mess around with Roy Keane. You can’t mess around with Rio or [Nemanja] Vidić. You couldn’t do that. You wouldn’t see Ryan Giggs act in the same way that Jadon Sancho was earlier this season. There’s no way. None of this nonsense was possible.”