Manchester United Next Captain: Surprise New Contender Emerge

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s to-do list ahead of the summer is one which might give sleepless nights and there's also the small matter of selecting Manchester United next captain.

Antonio Valencia's calamitous reign as captain will end at the end of the season, and United's new era off the pitch needs to be marked with a new start on it, too.

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The Norwegian coach isn't exactly spoilt for choice when it comes to who should occupy the armband, but recent transfer dealings might have made his decision just that bit easier.

Er Herrera was rightfully many supporters first-choice but doubt has been recently cast over his future, likewise, there is Paul Pogba.

David de Gea would be the sentimental choice given his popularity but does the world-class keeper truly have the leadership qualities to galvanise the team and issue an emphatic rallying call when required.

By default, it seems like Solskjaer is then left with two options.

Ashley Young has been a stellar servant to the club, but you can't help but feel Solskjaer would be opening himself up to a lot of criticism by awarding the captaincy to a player whom many fans don't envisage in their regular first-team plans next season.

So that leaves Solskjaer with Victor Lindelof, a remarkable prospect after he was written off so early on into his Old Trafford career.

The Swede still has two more years to go on his current deal, with the option of a further year if triggered.

The 24-year-old has also represented the club excellently, straying away from controversy and letting his football do most of the talking.

There is also the key Scandinavian advantage which Lindelof possess, being able to communicate with his manager in English, Norwegian and Swedish.

Importantly for Solskjaer, Lindelof is not only a key asset to the team, but he is a key spokesperson within the first-team dressing room.

It would be cynical to merely suggest the former Benfica centre-back deserves such an accolade just for his own loyalties to Solskjaer though.

Solskjaer will have a huge decision to make at the end of the season as he looks to restore the pride and history behind armband.

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With the future of some candidates still to be decided, Lindelof remains the leading candidate to become Manchester United next captain.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

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