Cape Town - Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer has seen enough of defender Harry Maguire to declare him a
strong candidate for "long-term captain".
In the absence of regular skipper Ashley Young, the England
centre-half was given the nod to lead out the Red Devils on Sunday and
duly put on a commanding display as the hosts beat Brighton 3-1.
It was United's second victory in seven matches and sees them sitting
in seventh spot in the Premier League standings - 18 points behind
They are also nine points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City and
it might be that a Europa League berth is the limit of their ambitions
once again this term, even with such a long way to go.
There is no doubt their Norwegian tactician is trying to build for
the future at the Theatre of Dreams, with young recruits now the order
of the day, and Maguire was one of the fresh faces brought in over the
While veteran Young will be restored as captain when he returns to
the starting line-up, the boss has no doubts former Leicester City
stopper Maguire is a leader of the future.
"Harry has come in and been excellent in the dressing room and on the
pitch," Solskjaer told reporters. "He can be a long-term captain."
Capped 24 times by the Three Lions, Maguire may have been given the
nod to skipper his country as well but for the presence of Tottenham
talisman Harry Kane in the side.
Born just four months apart, the pair's careers are following a
similar path but Kane has more international experience and has rightly
been handed the captaincy by England boss Gareth Southgate.
It remains to be seen if Maguire does eventually land the England job
and any exposure to the role with United will certainly aid his cause.
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