Who can lead this Manchester United squad to victory?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that Manchester United need a Bryan Robson, to get ‘back to the level we were’.
Current captain Ashley Young is the weakest link in this Manchester United squad, an ex-winger attempting to play full-back. Although his experience is valuable to the team, Man Utd need a ruthless captain who can set the standard for others to follow.
Solskjaer should worry that there are no real contenders for captaincy in his current squad. The captain has to be experienced but also ingrained into the culture of the club. This rules out vocal, passionate and talented youngsters such as Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford and Axel Tuanzebe. Who could all wear the armband in years to come.
However, Man Utd need a captain right now, and here are three contenders who have the character to drag this United squad to victory…
Maguire’s former manager, Craig Shakespeare, said that he could one day captain England. But Maguire could most definitely captain Manchester United. For both club and county, Maguire stands out in the line of defence. He is vocal and talented and would set the standard for the rest of the Man Utd defence. He may not be ingrained in the culture of being a Red Devil, but Solskjaer can’t be choosy when his entire squad are unfit to wear the armband.
This one is a curve-ball, I know. However, a fully fit Marcos Rojo is a rock-solid defender. He is aggressive, vocal and competitive. According to Adam McKola and Stephen Howson, Rojo stood out in training with his aggression and passion and was taking no prisoners. He reportedly lunged into tackles on his own teammates, the stand-out tackle being a two-footed tackle on Nemanja Matic.
Rojo needs more game time to be considered captain, but his character and energy suit the role perfectly.
Possibly Solskjaer’s best bet. Juan Mata has been at Man Utd for over 5 years, and according to Daily Mail, took a £45,000 per week pay cut to extend his contract for a further two years. Mata is known for his kindness and humbleness, and as a captain, he can employ an atmosphere of togetherness. Mata is Man Utd’s most talented senior player, apart from 26-year-old Paul Pogba, who shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near captaincy after his statement about wanting a “new challenge” away from Old Trafford.