Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Harry Maguire “can be captain of a big club”.
Maguire joined United from Leicester for £80m and the summer and was immediately pitched as a future captain at Old Trafford.
Ashley Young is current holder of the armband but the 34-year-old is not a guaranteed first-team regular.
When the former England international steps down from the role, Maguire – “a leader by performances, stature and behaviour” – is in line to take over.
“He’s definitely a character and personality that can be captain of a big club,” said Solskjaer.
“In the dressing room he’s a leader by performances, stature and behaviour. He’s a character you’d like to follow.
“Some are technical leaders, some are leaders by voice, he’s got the lot.
“I think he’s been brilliant. He’s come into the dressing room and been a leader.
“I’m sure he’s looking forward to playing against his old team. He’s going to be a big part of the future of this club.
“We’ve watched him enough to know he’s the guy we wanted. That’s why we spent the money we did on him. Leicester didn’t want to lose him.”