In his press conference on Friday, Jose Mourinho confirmed that Antonio Valencia would continue as captain when he returns from injury, taking over from Paul Pogba who will again lead the side against Brighton on Sunday, as reported by Metro.
Mourinho and Pogba have been involved in a long-running bust up this summer, but the French World Cup winning midfielder captained the side in their opening day win over Leicester at Old Trafford and netted the first goal from the penalty spot.
Valencia is currently out with a calf strain that he suffered during pre-season, and Manchester United fans on Twitter were clearly against him taking the captain’s armband back from Pogba on his return.
Metro did report however that Mourinho claimed Pogba, as an academy graduate and guaranteed starter, had all the right attributes to be considered a future United club captain. Although clearly that day cannot come soon enough for many fans. Check out the best reactions to the news below.
How can you keep Valencia as captain? Contributes nothing as a leader https://t.co/eeQ021fzbl
— FIGHT4MUFC (@mufc4thefans) August 17, 2018
Yes! But I can’t lie it hurts that Valencia is our captain and he still needs players to translate for him
— MUFC_Jefe (@RocBoiJJ) 17 August 2018
It's clear that Jose Mourinho doesn't like to have a captain whose vocal on and off the pitch who questions him and what not which is why he's given the Captaincy to Valencia, the man who can't speak English which is perfect for Jose's agenda. #mufc #JoseMourinho
— Milan (@Milaniniho) August 17, 2018
Why is Valencia captain? ….he’s one of the worst RBs i have ever seen…
Give it to Pogba so pogba has more responsibilities and will up his performance levels #mufc
— Aum (@A_jj1510) 17 August 2018
Captains should be vocal….which De gea and Valencia aren't…..#mufc
— Aum (@A_jj1510) August 17, 2018
How the hell is Valencia still captain the guy can’t speak English
— C P MUFC (@CraigPirotta) 17 August 2018
Pogba should have the captain's armband full-time.
— Charles Boyer (@TheOldManPar) August 17, 2018
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