Solskjaer names five Manchester United leaders ahead of Liverpool game

Solskjaer names five Manchester United leaders ahead of Liverpool game

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his Manchester United squad has as many as five leaders after being asked about making Harry Maguire the club's permanent captain.

Maguire replaces Ashley Young as skipper after the full-back completed a January transfer to Inter Milan.

It was a no-brainer for Solskjaer, despite the fact Maguire has only been at the club since his £80million transfer from Leicester in the summer, with the centre-back a natural leader. Though the United boss added that there are other potential captains in his squad.

“He's had a great impact and he's a great personality," Solskjaer told the club's official website about Maguire.

"He's a leader - we've got leaders in the group, different types of leaders. We've got Marcus Rashford, who's a young boy showing leadership skills.

"We've got Scott McTominay, David De Gea and Juan Mata, they've been around for so long now. Harry has come in and he's playing every game, he's fit and he's leading that dressing room.”

Solskjaer then reflected on the decision to let Young go and the 34-year-old stellar United career.

He added: “When this situation came up, and the options we've got at full-back - you've got Brandon Williams who has really come through and developed. Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been fantastic. Luke Shaw is potentially one of the best left-backs in England, for me. Then we've got Diogo Dalot and Tim Fosu-Mensah, they're both fit. You've got loads of full-backs.

“Ashley's mindset was that he wanted to try a new adventure and he he's approaching 35 now. He's done a fantastic job and he's served this club fantastically.

"I think it was an opportunity for him that we had to say yes to. We got a transfer fee for someone who's been so loyal to the club. Good luck. That's what Manchester United do, you have players for a long time and then they move on and someone else steps in.” Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook
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