Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to give captain armband to 26-year-old star

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to make Paul Pogba his Manchester United captain after Antonio Valencia leaves Old Trafford this summer.

Antonio Valencia’s ten-year spell at Old Trafford is set to come to an end with United refusing to offer the veteran full-back a new deal.

The 33-year-old is anticipated to join the Major League Soccer, leaving Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer searching for a new skipper. Chris Smalling, David De Gea and Pogba have all worn the armband this term, but the Daily Mirror says the latter will be offered it on a full-time basis.

The Ecuadorian has impressed since Norway hero returned to Manchester United in December, netting 11 goals including Saturday’s brace against West Ham.

The World Cup winner has been linked with a move to Los Blancos, but the Red Devils are unwilling to offload and want to hand him the captaincy to give him more responsibility at the Theatre of Dreams.

Speaking about Pogba and the links with Real Madrid last week, Solskjaer said: ‘Paul is only focused on playing well [for United]. I can not see him not playing for Manchester United next season. He is a Man Utd player, one of our big performers on the big stage.

‘He knows the game against PSG wasn’t his best. His job is to be the creator, win the ball and drive forward and I expect him to perform well for us.’

Manchester United produced a laboured display on Saturday but still secured three points at home to West Ham.