Vacancy: Manchester United needs a captain


Manchester United needs a captain to lead them after Michael Carrickย hung up his boots

The Red Devils will be seeking a suitable replacement for the midfielder for the upcoming season. Choosing the right captain can have an effect on Mourinho’s success next year.

Antonio Valencia regularly wore the armband last season along with Chris Smalling and David De Gea.

However, club legend and United’s longest-serving captain, Bryan Robson believes that Paul Pogba is the one who possesses the right attributes to lead Mourinho’s men next season.

“Chris Smalling did well when he was handed the armband at certain times last year and Valencia was captain for a lot of [games] last season. But, I think maybe he should give it to someone like Paul Pogba,” Robson told Manchester Evening News Sport.

“It might mature him a little bit more and give him a little bit of enhancement in his game. I think Paul has the got that leadership talent so it will be interesting to see what the manager does next season.”

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Paul Pogba might be the next Man United captain next season Source: GettyImages

Paul Pogba faced heavy criticism at the World Cupย as people may have high expectations for the 25-year-old according to Robson.

“I think the biggest issue with Pogba is that he was signed for ยฃ90million and that price tag is always going to be attached to him,” Robson explained.

“Because of that people expect more than maybe he is capable of giving. I think Paul is a top-class player, even if you look at France’s first game in the World Cup.

“He created the opportunity for the penalty and scored the winner.

“He is a top talent and there’s more to come from him from a United point of view. But I think some of the criticism towards him is quite harsh.”

The likes of Ander Herrera, Chris Smalling, David De Gea, and Antonio Valencia are all still contenders for this role.

Mourinho will have a difficult decision to make as his players lack the experience and leadership that make up the desired United captain. Depending on who comes and goes in this summer’s transfer window, United fans may be in for a few surprises next season.


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