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Harry Maguire succeeds Young as the new captain

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18 Jan 2020
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Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire has succeeded the outgoing captain, Ashley Young and taken over the new role five months after joining Manchester United from Leicester City.

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The England center-half, Harry Maguire succeeds left-back, Ashley Young who is close to joining Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in Inter Milan.

Since his move from the King Power Stadium in August, Maguire has made 29 appearances for the Red Devils.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased with Maguire’s appointment as he said, “Everything about him tells me is a leader. Harry will keep wearing the armband now.”

“Right time” for Young’s departure.

Solskjaer also adds that it is the “right time” for Young to leave Old Trafford. Nonetheless, he praised the full-back for his “fantastic” service to the club.

“He is 35 in the summer and if he gets a two-year contract somewhere, I think it’s up to him to take that. We weren’t ready to offer that.” Said Solskjaer.

“He has been a good servant for the club. He has been the captain and has won trophies, leagues, cups, but we’ve got players coming through.”

“So, it was time. He’s done a fantastic job and he’s served this club fantastically. I think it was an opportunity for him that we had to say yes. We got a transfer fee for someone so loyal to the club.”

“Not holding breath” on Rashford fitness-Solskjaer

Meanwhile, Solskjaer says he is “not holding his breath” about Rashford’s recovery from a back injury in time for the Premier League trip to Liverpool.

The 22-year-old was forced off the pitch with just 16 minutes of play against Wolverhampton in the FA Cup.

“We will give him the absolute amount of time to find out. Marcus will have more checks and treatment today. But I am not holding my breath. I would think he wouldn’t be ready but there is still 48 hours. So let’s see.”

 

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