MANCHESTER UNITED players reportedly feel Jose Mourinho’s struggles at the club stem from his failure to sign a leader in the mould of Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Wayne Rooney.
Manchester United boss Mourinho is under pressure at Old Trafford with players beginning to turn on the 55-year-old.
Reports have lifted the lid on the crisis currently engulfing the club with several heavyweights at odds with their manager.
Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial are said to be fed up, while as many as six other players are supposedly weighing up their future.
And ESPN claim some at the club believe Rooney and Ibrahimovic to be down to their current struggles.
Both players were seen as leaders within the dressing room.
Rooney was a club legend already by the time Jose Mourinho arrived – while Ibrahimovic earned the status as club hero and talisman shortly after his move in 2016.
ESPN claim, though, that their exits have been blamed on the current disharmony in the dressing room.
It is said they do not regard Pogba as a leader, with the France international instead failing to earn the same respect as his two former team-mates.
And the same can be said of Alexis Sanchez, who is reportedly a remote figure.
Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic has backed Mourinho to come good at Old Trafford.
And the former United hitman also suggested the players were to blame for their current malaise.
“I think he has the ability to win [the Premier League]” he said.
“I think he is the right coach for that club, for that team.
“But a coach is only as good as his team, so it’s not like he can do miracles if the team is not good enough.
“And I feel the team is good – it’s progressing, becoming better.
“This is his third year, the players know more and more the way he wants to play and how he wants it – so I believe, yes.”