Dwight Yorke backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to have the ruthlessness to drag Manchester United back to where they need to be.
It has been a lacklustre start to the 2020/21 season for the Red Devils with just three points on the board after three Premier League games.
Solskjaer’s side were humbled in their first match of the season against Crystal Palace. This quickly led to an embarrassing 6-1 defeat to Tottenham at Old Trafford on Sunday.
A weak transfer window culminated in a panicky deadline day where Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri joined. Amad Diallo will also move to Man United in January.
Former United striker Yorke said the club needs more leadership and that the manager must get the players to pull their weight.
He told talkSPORT: “The manager has to believe he can inject that energy. It looked a bit lacklustre. We need some leaders. We need winners on the football pitch.
“Until we get that on a consistent basis, we seem to make one step forwards and two steps back at the moment. We need to find a way to be consistent.
“I’m not sure he’s going to get them by the scruff of the neck. He’s not a Roy Keane by any means.
“He has a different style of management but I expect him at least to be having some stern words.
“He has to address the players in no uncertain ways and get people to be pulling their weight in the team.
“I’m sure there will be some harsh words said. We haven’t seen this side of Ole but I’m sure he’s got that ruthlessness inside him as well.”