Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'Makes Decision' On New Man Utd Captain



Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia will leave the club this summer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly set to name Ashley Young as Manchester United's new club captain ahead of Paul Pogba.

Current skipper Antonio Valencia has played his last game for the Red Devils and will leave Old Trafford when his contract expires in June, meaning that the Norwegian needs to find a new man to lead the squad.

And according to The Times , the role will be handed to 33-year-old Young, while Pogba has been identified as a leading candidate for the vice-captain position.

Young, who has made over 200 appearances for United since joining from Aston Villa in 2011, regularly captained the club during their recent campaign as Valencia was restricted to just six Premier League appearances.

Ashley Young has captain United on many occasions this season

However, Solskjaer is also looking to appoint a reliable deputy as Young is unlikely to feature in the starting line-up every week, especially with club targeting a new right back.

And the publication reports that Pogba is being considered for the position alongside goalkeeper David De Gea and defender Chris Smalling.

The France international was stripped of the vice-captaincy by Jose Mourinho during the season but Solskjaer hopes that handing the midfielder a leadership role will encourage him to stay at the club, amid interest from Real Madrid .

It is believed that Solskjaer is prepared to name Pogba vice-captain

The 26-year-old is believed to be one of Zinedine Zidane's top targets this summer and has previously described the prospect of linking up with his compatriot at the Bernabeu as "a dream".

A move to the La Liga club would also give Pogba a chance to play in next season's Champions League after United missed out on place in Europe's elite club competition with a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League.

In addition to keeping hold of Pogba, Solskjaer is looking to bring several new faces to Old Trafford this summer and is expected to complete a £15 million move for Swansea winger Daniel James in the coming days.

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