Solskjaer chooses next Man Utd captain ahead of Antonio Valencia transfer exit

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The Red Devils are set to see their current skipper depart at the end of his contract, leaving the armband up for grabs at Old Trafford for 2019-20.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to make Paul Pogba his Manchester United captain after Antonio Valencia leaves the club this summer, according to reports.

The 33-year-old Ecuadorian is expected to join the MLS, leaving United and Solskjaer searching for a new captain.

Paul Pogba, David de Gea, Chris Smalling and Ashley Young are among those to have covered for Valencia in recent times and Solskjaer admits that he has much to mull over.

The United boss said when quizzed on an impending captaincy call: “We’ll see who’s here for next season and I’ve got a couple of players in my head that could be captain.

“We’ve had Antonio, he’s going, we’ve had Ashley, we’ve had Paul, we’ve had David, Chris has been captain, so there are players here who can be captain on the pitch.

“We just need to decide who’s the club captain. Who’s going to be the voice in and around [the place].”

Exit talk continues to rage around Pogba and De Gea, with the former once again being linked with Real Madrid while the latter is yet to commit to a contract extension beyond 2020.

 

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