EPL: Solskjaer announces Manchester United captain

Manchester United caretaker boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has confirmed that Antonio Valencia will remain captain.

Valencia wore the armband for much of last season, but officially took on the role on a permanent basis when Michael Carrick retired to move into coaching.

The Ecuadorian has struggled for form and fitness this term, amid rumours of a fall-out with previous United boss, Jose Mourinho, and has not featured in Solskjaer’s two games to date as he fights to return to peak condition.

However, the Norwegian head coach has backed him to win back his place in the team, while stating that he will retain the captain’s armband for the foreseeable future.

“He’s the captain. When he’s properly fit and playing he’ll wear the armband.

“He’s going through a couple of tough sessions now to get him ready for the tough period coming up. There aren’t many better right-backs going forward with his abilities,” Solskjaer said, according to Goal.

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