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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer names Harry Maguire as new Manchester United captain

By Harry Edwards

Published: 10:51, 17 January 2020

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Harry Maguire will be the club’s new captain.

Ashley Young had previously been captain, taking over from Antonio Valencia in the summer after the Ecuadorian’s departure.

The 34-year-old has started 10 Premier League games this season at either left-back or right-back, filling in for a United side that have been struggling with injuries throughout the campaign.

Harry Maguire named Manchester United captain: Five things to know…

  • Ashley Young was named Manchester United captain in the summer.
  • The Englishman replaced Antonio Valencia, who left United at the end of his contract.
  • But Young is also set to leave United with a move to Inter Milan close.
  • United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Harry Maguire will replace Young as captain.
  • Maguire had been captaining United when Young was not on the pitch.

When Young hasn’t been on the pitch, Maguire has often been the man to stand in as skipper despite being one of the newer additions to the club.

Maguire joined United from Leicester City in the summer for £80m, becoming the world’s most expensive defender in the process and is the club’s only outfield ever-present in the Premier League.

And the Englishman will the United’s new permanent captain with Young set to leave the club after eight-and-a-half years, close to a move to Inter Milan.

“Harry is wearing the captain’s armband and will keep wearing it,” Solskjaer told reporters.

“He’s been a leader in the group, I’ve been, not surprised, but impressed by his leadership skills, so he will continue wearing the armband.

“He’s come in and everything about him tells me he’s a leader.

“He’s part of a group that we’ve had that have been leading this young group, Ashley has been, David [de Gea], Marcus [Rashford], Harry – so Harry will keep on wearing the armband.”

Maguire’s first game as official club captain will be United’s trip to Anfield on Sunday to face rivals and runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.

United will be the latest club to try and end the Reds’ unbeaten run which currently stands at 38, while also being the first to win at Anfield in the Premier League since April 2017.

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