Solskjaer backs 26-year-old star to become Man United’s next captain

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lavished praise on recent addition Harry Maguire, saying he could go on to be the club captain at Old Trafford.

The 26-year-old arrived from Leicester this summer for a world record fee for a defender of £80m, placing plenty of pressure on the Yorkshireman’s shoulders.

The England international has slotted straight into the centre of United’s defence and is forging a partnership at centre-back with Victor Lindelof, which Solskjaer is hoping will be his team’s solid base for years to come.

Solskjaer is delighted with Maguire’s performances so far in a Red Devils shirt, but also on his influence on the squad off the pitch. 34-year-old Ashley Young is the current club captain at United, but Solskjaer can clearly see a day when Maguire will inherit that role from him.

‘I think he’s been brilliant,’ said Solskjaer ahead of United’s clash with Leicester on Saturday. ‘I think he’s come into the dressing room, been a leader, he’s also a leader on the pitch and I’m sure he’s looking forward to playing against his old team.

‘Now he’s here he’s going to be a big part of the future of this club, we’ve watched him enough to know he’s the guy we wanted, that’s why we spent the money we did on him.

‘He’s a definitely a character and personality that can be captain of a big club, in the dressing room he’s a leader by performances, stature and behaviour, he’s a character you’d like to follow, some are technical leaders, some are leaders by voice, he’s got the lot.’

Maguire has had a hectic start to the season, starting all four Premier League games so far for his new team, and playing twice for England over the international break.