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Solskjaer reveals Maguire is already in contention for Man Utd captaincy

By CJ Smith

Published: 13:49, 22 September 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed summer signing Harry Maguire is already in contention to become Manchester United captain.

The England international moved to Old Trafford from Leicester City in the summer for £80m – a world-record fee for a centre-back – and has already established himself as a dominant figure in defence.

Maguire at Man United so far: Five things to know…

  • Maguire became the world’s most expensive defender (£80m) when he joined Man United in the summer.
  • No Man United player has won more aerial duels (24) or made more interceptions (9) and blocks (3) than him in the Premier League this term.
  • Maguire has also completed the joint-highest number of passes (282) in the Premier League among Man United players.
  • Solskjaer admits he’s already considering Maguire as a future Man United captain.
  • Current captain Ashley Young’s contract expires in June and he is no longer a guaranteed starter.

In fact, so important has Maguire already been to Solskjaer that the Norwegian has admitted he’s already thinking about handing the 26-year-old the armband at some stage, despite him making just five appearances for the Red Devils so far.

“He does, definitely. It’s already been in my head, thinking about him as a future captain,” Solskjaer said when asked whether Maguire has what it takes to be Man United captain.

“On the pitch, he’s a leader. He stands on the ball when we need to slow it down, he defends well, he’s got this presence in both boxes and off the pitch, he is a top professional.

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“He’s vocal – he voices his opinion at training and in the dressing room – and I’m very pleased with the money we’ve spent on him.

“He hasn’t asked (to be captain) yet! It’s been in my head that he can wear the armband.”

Maguire’s presence at the heart of the Man United defence has been clear to see, with no player at the club winning more aerial duels (24) or making more interceptions (9) than him in the Premier League so far.