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Saha defends inconsistent Man Utd pair Pogba, Martial

Former Manchester United striker Saha has defended the inconsistency of French pair Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.

Saha has a strong affinity for both Pogba and Martial.

And he believes both are suffering because United don't have the strong ­leaders and role models in the dressing room they did during his four-year stay.

“Of course, they have great talent and I have to say I'm jealous. It is as simple as that. You look at those guys and they can do everything," said Saha. “But the thing is it's unfair to focus on one aspect of their game that is not one of their strong qualities.

“As for Anthony, he is the type of player, who, on his day, is unplayable, but, again, he needs a role model that will give him a target to go for and set a tone for working harder.

“In my view, it's not fair to target those two French players. It is about the squad and the squad right now is not there. Every day in a group is about ­getting the best out of the personnel.

“For instance, a player like Gary Neville was essential for me as a striker. Every day he would be there on my back making sure I get it. I knew that every time I missed an opportunity or a dribble then he would be on my back.

“Those days have gone now and that is why I think Ole has some work to do. I think United have to find some new leaders."

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