Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has hinted that Paul Pogba will eventually become the club’s captain on a permanent basis.
Michael Carrick is currently United’s skipper, but the midfielder has only made one appearance for the English giants this season, and is widely expired to retire next summer.
Antonio Valencia has held the armband in Carrick’s absence, but the full-back has missed United’s last two Premier League games with a hamstring problem.
Pogba, who is valued at £67.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has stepped forward to captain the team against Leicester City and Burnley, and Mourinho has suggested that the 24-year-old will ultimately settle into that role on a full-time basis.
Mourinho told reporters:
“Against Leicester we felt that it could be an extra motivation for him and that was it, there was no special decision.
“But maybe, because he’s a young guy and made in the club academy, he has the conditions to be captain in the future.”
United are currently 12 points behind Manchester City in the Premier League table after drawing their last two in the league against Leicester and Burnley.
Mourinho’s side, who have been widely criticised in recent weeks, will finish 2017 with a home game against Southampton this weekend.