Manchester United captain Ashley Young is set to leave the club to join Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez at Inter Milan.

That means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a new skipper and has said that Harry Maguire will take the armband.

With Young not being a regular starter, Maguire has been skipper several times already this season.

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Solskjaer told the club website: “Harry has been wearing the captain’s armband and he will keep wearing it.

“He’s come in and been a leader in the group. I’ve been, not surprised, but I’ve been impressed by his leadership skills.”

Maguire’s performance have often gone under the radar, but his absence was sorely felt in the defeat against Manchester City earlier this month.

Solskjaer has stated before that Maguire was viewed as a potential captain as soon as he signed and that the prospect of wearing the armband was a factor in the England man leaving Leicester.

 

David de Gea has worn the armband for United in recent seasons on and off, but Maguire has shot ahead of the Spaniard despite having a far shorter Old Trafford career.

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Some fans on Twitter suggested that De Gea, who has been the club’s best player for numerous seasons, should have been handed the armband.

But he is struggling for form – and that issue has lingered since the end of last season – and is not the biggest talker.

Many managers often prefer to have an outfield player as captain, feeling they can influence proceedings more.

He has a big task ahead this weekend when he will captain United at Anfield against Liverpool.

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