Solskjaer is ready to appoint Pogba as a captain
Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to offer a captain’s armband to midfielder Paul Pogba.
As it was known, the Red Devils decided not to renew their captain Antonio Valencia’s contract at the end of the season.
Ashley Young has been replacing Valencia, both as a right-back and as a captain, for most of the season. However, the team’s veteran will turn 34 in July.
It is expected that in the coming summer, Solskjaer will buy a new right-back for the starting line-up, which means that Young’s role may become episodic. It also means that Ole Gunnar needs a player who will regularly wear an armband.
Solskjaer sees Pogba as such a player, ESPN reports, citing its sources. The Norwegian coach hopes that the additional responsibility will help the 26-year-old Frenchman to cast aside doubts about his future.
According to rumors, Pogba seriously thought about moving to Real Madrid, and United’s fail in the race for the Champions League zone only strengthened that desire.
(Reporting by Nathan Dent, editing by Valerie Cooper)