Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed today that Harry Maguire will be the new captain of Manchester United after Ashley Youngs departure
Last night it was confirmed that Man United and Inter Milan had come to an agreement for the sale of Ashley Young. The winger turned full-back will head to Italy today for his medical with Conte’s side. United will receive €1.5 million for Young.
As Young was the official club captain it meant that a new one needed to be picked. Solskjaer today confirmed in his press conference that Maguire would be the man to take the armband. This may come as a surprise to some fans as De Gea has worn the armband a lot over his career.
Maguire joined Man United in the summer for a staggering £80 million. This is the world-record fee for a defender. Since joining the club has played in every minute of the Premier League for them. United have had four clean sheets this season, not as many as they would have hoped for but Maguire has brought more stability to the defence.
The England centre-back has also worn the armband seven times this season in the league. This is a huge decision made by Solskjaer to make him captain, especially considering he’s only played 29 times for them.
Maguire To Life Silverware In First Season?
Man United’s main aim this season will be to qualify for the Champions League next season. If they can do this it will help them massively in terms of finances and signing players in the summer.
However, they are currently five points off of the top four and Betway have them priced a fair bit out at 3/1 to get there. There best chance maybe to win the Europa League. They have drawn Club Brugge in the next round. United are the favourite’s to win the competition at 11/2 and it would be a fantastic first six months of being captain for Maguire.
Even if it’s not the Europa League, Maguire would love to lift a trophy in his first season at the club. They are still in the Carabao Cup, just, and the FA Cup.
They have a second leg of the semi-final of the Carabao Cup against Man City coming up. In the first leg, Man City ran riot and won 3-1. Rashford scored late to give United fans some hope, but Betway don’t have any. They are at 40/1 and have it all to do away at the Etihad.
In the FA Cup, they have drawn the winner of Watford and Tranmere. It took them two legs to get through against Wolves and are at 12/1 to go all the way.
Even though United are in the best run of form it’s still an exciting time for Maguire. There are three possible competitions for them to win and Maguire to lift the trophy as captain of Man United.