Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now confirmed that Ashey Young will be Manchester United captain for the 2019-20 season. Notably, after Antonio Valencia had left Manchester United earlier in the transfer window, the Red Devils had no captain and with Paul Pogba being removed from his vice-captain post by then-manager Jose Mourinho, no one was willing to take charge.
Solskjaer further said that he will be the captain for the time when he is on the pitch. He also stated that David de Gea was also in consideration for the same but will captain his side only when Ashley is not on the pitch.
“David’s obviously in contention, [but] Ash, when he’s on the pitch, will carry the armband. When Ash starts, he’ll be carrying the armband”, said Solskjaer at a post-match press conference.
He was further asked if he meant that Ashley Young would be the new captain for the Red Devils to which he replied, ” You can probably call it that.”
Surprisingly, there was no mention of Paul Pogba. Pogba was expected to be one of the prime contenders for captaincy. There were transfer rumours which suggested that Pogba might be moving to Real Madrid. However, Solskjaer has confirmed that he is going to stay with United at least for this season.