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Solskjaer backs Pogba for Man United captaincy

SoccerNews in FA Cup 25 Jan 2019


Paul Pogba could captain Manchester United in the future, caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted.

Pogba, 25, was stripped of the vice-captaincy under former United boss Jose Mourinho in September following claims of a rift between the pair.

However, Pogba has flourished since Mourinho’s sacking last month – the France star and World Cup winner scoring five goals and tallying four assists amid United’s Solskjaer-led revival.

And Solskjaer – who has overseen seven successive victories in all competitions – backed Pogba for the armband at Old Trafford.

“I know the boy from before, and he is a leader,” Solskjaer told reporters prior to Friday’s FA Cup fourth-round clash against Arsenal.

“He’s a character, he influences people, and you’ve seen the videos from France, and he cares, and he really wants to be successful.

“He knows he can’t do it by himself, it’s a team game, and he’s a character that brings so many good things with him when he’s enjoying himself, I have to say.

“You see the personality. He’d love playing football, he’s a larger-than-life character, that’s just the way he is.

“When the performances come as well, that marries together as a good leader and you see what it meant to him winning the World Cup in what France broadcast. So, for me, yes, he’s captain material.”

Solskjaer added: “Ashley’s [Young] wearing the armband, yes, because Antonio’s [Valencia] struggled with fitness as well, in and out. Antonio’s still the club captain, but Ash is wearing the armband when he’s playing.

“I’ve never been a fan of ‘You’re this and you’re that’. Once in a while, it’s to give, David [De Gea] was captain one of these games when Ash didn’t play.

“So there’s 11 captains out there, really, it doesn’t really bother me. I was captain for Norway, and quite a few times for United, but I still don’t tell my kids I was captain of Man United or Norway – but once in a while, you are.”


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