Just been thinking in the modern game there's a lack of players with grit and determination - real leaders and characters. No not old fashion English hard men. I'm talking Roy Keane and Bryan Robson, yeah they were hard tackling but their real strengths were their characters. Leaders amongst men. On the pitch they were in charge of not just own 10 team-mates, but also the opposite 11. They were technically good-to-great players as well. You can look them at and instantly think of classic matches like Juve, or Barce when through sheer force of will they turned games on their heads. Through their entire spells here they both carried that spirit through the majority of their appearances. They never looked bemused or uninterested in a loss or a conceded, they looked furious and rallied forwards. They didn't even know what the word defeat meant, every game, every challenge was winneable no matter the situation and they left their hearts on the pitch. Where are these players in the modern game? I'm not saying modern players don't care (...most), but none seem to come close to the likes of Robson. Not even exclusive to United. Has the modern game just changed so such characters aren't developing? Yeah we have players like Messi and Ronaldo whose uncompromising talent can completely flip a game on its head but beyond their ability, and I might get flak for this, they lack the grit and determination of the likes of Robson and Keane. We've all seen Ronaldo sulk, have tantrums and Messi seemingly floats around the pitch - his aura of ability precedes him but not really the strength of his leadership. It's hard to quantify this without resorting to the drab sounding buzzwords but hope you get the drift. Who can you look at today and say 'he's United, the team sheet starts with him, he's our leader', or 'he is Arsenal', etc.