Man United ponder five potential captains, OGS names one

Date published: Friday 2nd August 2019 8:30

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says there will be an announcement “soon” about the captaincy for the new season.

Last term’s club captain Antonio Valencia departed United this summer and the armband has been worn by four players during pre-season – David De Gea, Ashley Young, Matic and Mata.

Tuesday’s 1-0 friendly win over Kristiansund in Norway saw goalkeeper De Gea skipper for the first 60 minutes and full-back Young, who regularly captained the side in 2018-19, then take over.

Solskjaer was quoted on United’s official website as saying when asked whether De Gea would be made captain on a permanent basis: “We’ve got different captain types.

“There are vocal leaders and players like David, who has merit with what he’s done and he’ll play the majority of the games. We’ll announce something soon.”

Paul Pogba is another player who has donned the armband during Solskjaer’s reign, in the 2-1 FA Cup loss to Wolves in March.

The club’s official website suggests Nemanja Matic ‘has the authority and presence required’ for the role, while Juan Mata ‘has also been skipper and helped inspire the younger attacking players around him’.

 

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