Harry Maguire has been confirmed as the new captain of Manchester United, with Ashley Young set for a move to Inter Milan this month.
The England international has been named as Young’s successor just five months after his arrival at the club, the defender having quickly established himself as a key figure at Old Trafford since his world-record move from Leicester last summer.
Young is on the verge of bringing his eight-and-a-half-year spell at the club to an end with a move to Italian football, Inter having agreed a fee of €1.5 million to take the veteran to the San Siro, the 34-year-old out-of-contract in the summer and having informed Manchester United of his desire to leave the club this month.
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Solskjaer admits the prospect of a two-year-contract at Inter was too difficult for Young to turn down, whilst confirming Maguire will continue to wear the armband having done so on occasion this season.
“He is 35 in the summer and if he gets a two-year contract somewhere it’s up to him to take that,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
“We weren’t ready to offer that. He’s been a good servant for the club, he’s been captain, he’s won trophies. But we’ve got players coming through.
“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 impressed by his leadership skills.
“Everything about him tells me he’s a leader. He’s part of a group that we’ve had that have been leading this young group.”