Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Ashley Young will serve as the club’s captain this season – but is not assured of game time.
Young frequently donned the armband when selected last season as Antonio Valencia struggled with injury and Solskjaer has confirmed that the veteran will be given the job on a permanent basis for the 2019/20 campaign.
A huge achievement for Young: Five things to know…
- Young will become Man Utd’s third captain in three seasons.
- The previous two, Michael Carrick and Valencia, both left at the end of their respective seasons.
- The full-back joins the likes of Wayne Rooney and Roy Keane as Man Utd club captains.
- Young has made 180 appearances for the Red Devils.
- He signed a contract in February, keeping him at the club until 2020.
Goalkeeper David de Gea wore the armband during their 2-2 draw with AC Milan in Cardiff earlier this week and when asked about the captaincy, Solskjaer revealed his plans.
He said: “David’s obviously in contention. Ash, when he’s on the pitch, will carry the armband. When Ash starts, he’ll be carrying the armband.”
Solskjaer then admitted the current situation is comparable to Gary Neville’s final season at the club. Whilst Neville was the official club captain, his limited game-time saw Nemanja Vidic led the side for most of the season, which means Young could hold the captaincy in title alone this term.
Man Utd spent £50 million on right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer, who is in line to replace the skipper in the line-up this season.
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Young became something of a scapegoat last campaign after a string of poor performances. Many supporters were calling for his head, but Solskjaer stayed loyal to the veteran.
Man Utd fans appear to be underwhelmed at the announcement but many are convinced Young will not feature regularly for the Red Devils regardless.
People losing their minds over Ashley Young getting CLUB CAPTAIN remember what happened when Valencia was club captain short memories ?
— jimmy neale (@jimmyneale2608) August 4, 2019
— Kidusu (@KidusFirde) August 3, 2019
Ashley Young is my club Captain. He may not be good atm but he loves this club. So have some respect.
— One Love (@abbausmanUK) August 4, 2019
— Bissaka (@_SpiderWan) August 4, 2019
Ashley Young named as the new #MUFC club captain.
As long as AWB and Shaw stay fit, he’s getting nowhere near the starting XI, and when he inevitably leaves next summer, he’ll have been our third single-season captain in a row.
I’d have given it to Maguire.
— ???? ??????? (@Josh_Samuels_) August 3, 2019
Ole has just confirmed that Ashley Young will be captain for the 2019/2020 season. That's a huge problem. Your captain has to play week in week out, and I'm assuming he won't do so. Just shows you that we give the armband to veterans, not people with actual captain material.
— Daniel (@UtdDxn) August 3, 2019
— Richard Keenan (@RichardKeenan3) August 3, 2019