Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to keep hold of Paul Pogba amid interest from Real Madrid
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is preparing to hand Paul Pogba the captain’s armband at Manchester United in a bid to keep him at the club, according to reports.
Pogba has been strongly linked with a transfer to Real Madrid, but Solskjaer is keen to retain his prized asset this summer and fend off Los Blancos.
Antonio Valencia is the Red Devils’ current official captain, but the wing-back is leaving Old Trafford when his contract expires in June.
Ashley Young is in line to take over the responsibility from Valencia, but ESPN is reporting that Solskjaer is planning to hand the armband to Pogba instead if it means he’ll be convinced to stay.
What’s more, Young’s game time will be limited next season, especially if the Manchester United boss is able to sign a new right-back, as planned.
The World Cup winner would therefore be a better fit for the role, given he is a first team regular under the Norwegian.
Pogba was handed the armband on a temporary basis under Jose Mourinho but was later stripped of the duty following a bust-up.
Solskjaer hopes that in handing him back the responsibility the Frenchman will be more inclined to remain at Manchester United for the foreseeable future.
Pogba has seemingly become disillusioned at Old Trafford after the club failed to qualify for the Champions League this season.
The Red Devils are adamant Pogba will not be sold, but the midfielder has previously flirted with the idea of a move to Real Madrid.
“Like I’ve always said, Real Madrid is a dream for anyone. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world,” said Pogba, back in March.
“There is also [Zinedine] Zidane as a coach and it’s a dream for anybody who likes football. For now, I’m at Manchester. We don’t know what the future holds. I’m at Manchester and I’m happy.”