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Solskjaer makes Man United captain decision as Young closes in on exit
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Solskjaer makes Man United captain decision as Young closes in on exit

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to make a permanent captain appointment as Ashley Young looks increasingly likely to leave the club for the Serie A.

Marcus Rashford led United for the first time against Manchester City in the 3-1 defeat in the Carabao Cup semi-final, becoming the sixth player to lead the side this season.

Current skipper Young, 34, is widely linked with a move to Italian giants Inter Milan, leaving the Norwegian coach with a decision to make.

Other players to have led United this season include Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, and David de Gea, but Solskjaer has opted to appoint Harry Maguire as club captain.

The 26-year-old center-back joined United from Leicester City in an £80m move last summer - the largest sum ever paid for a defender - and has made 27 appearances for the Red Devils.

Speaking ahead of United's fixture with Norwich City on Saturday afternoon, Solskjaer provided a positive update on the England player's fitness after he picked up a hip injury in the 0-0 FA Cup third round draw with Wolves last weekend.

"He's a warrior and if there's a minor problem he'll put himself up to play," said Solskjaer.

Maguire was sorely missed against United's rivals on Tuesday evening, as stand-in center-back Phil Jones suffered at the hands of City's attack and the Red Devils were outclassed.

Capped 26 times for England, Maguire is yet to score his first goal for Manchester United but has previously led the side as captain on eight occasions, first skippering the Red Devils in their 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League.

Solskjaer will hope that the captain appointment will bring stability and leadership to a United team that has suffered from inconsistency this season and looked rudderless at times.