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Souness: Man Utd players don't have character needed to meet Ratcliffe targets

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness says Manchester United do not have the players to meet new co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe's targets.

Souness wrote for the Daily Mail: "I am sure today, Liverpool and Manchester City have it. I'm sure there are confrontations on the training pitch at City and Liverpool most days of the week with the levels they keep but I'm not sure there are at Carrington.

"There was footage last week of Marcus Rashford going through the motions of trying to press Luton Town's Ross Barkley. Ross almost walked past him. Rashford is a senior player, an England international. That action, that standard, would suggest he does that in training and neither his teammates or coaching staff have nailed him for it.

"That's the worry for Ratcliffe. Have United got players who take responsibility, carry the flag into battle and are prepared to fall out with teammates?

"The general problem today is you have players who earn that much money they think they're all-important and never have a bad game because of the people who surround them. When the pressure starts, they are more than happy for the manager to take all the flak and, in the difficult times, will quickly lay blame at the manager's door.

"Who are the senior players with big character who are going to help Ten Hag in that dressing room? Ones who will point the finger at the lesser lights and drag them to a higher level. I'm not sure they exist there.

"So you can talk about plans as much as you like, but paramount to Ratcliffe's challenge is to find the right characters to bridge this gap."

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