Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho hinted after Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Burnley that Paul Pogba would ultimately become the club’s full-time captain.
Michael Carrick is expected to retire next summer, which would free up the armband.
Antonio Valencia has been United’s stand-in captain this season, but the right-back has been absent for the club’s last two Premier League matches with a hamstring problem.
Pogba, who is valued at £67.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, wore the armband against Leicester City and Burnley, and Mourinho’s comments seem to suggest that the Frenchman has a brilliant chance of landing the captaincy next season.
The United supporters are not convinced, however, with many taking to Twitter on Wednesday to claim that Pogba should not be in such a position due to his inconsistent form.
United are not the same team without Pogba – there is no question about that – but many of the club’s fans have referenced the recent draws with Leicester and Burnley as reasons why the 24-year-old should not lead the team on a full-time basis.
A selection of the Twitter reaction to Mourinho’s comments can be seen below:
.@PaulPogba was named skipper for the second successive @PremierLeague game yesterday, and Jose Mourinho believes he has the makings of a future club captain for #MUFC: https://t.co/ppxUgZ5yau pic.twitter.com/tiOxXCE0Be
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 27, 2017
A captain isn't built in 2 games. Give him time to work things out
— Darren Chan (@chanloh99) December 27, 2017
Am I the only United fan who thinks Pogba needs to do a hell of a lot more ? He's not the world class player people keep telling me he is. The odd flash of quality is not enough
— Richard (@richpryde) December 27, 2017
And look how crapped we played on both occasions…. he shouldn’t be our captain. De Gea should be when Valencia is not playing.
— Dani (@FayeCorrieFan) December 27, 2017
as much as i love him, i don't think he's a good captain
— toto (@ffsfgfn) December 27, 2017
1. He's not a captain
2. He should focus on playing football
— Emmanuel (@emmaoni7) December 27, 2017
We drew both games. No thanks
— Ann S (@Annsilla) December 27, 2017
De gea should be the captain
— David Mejah (@DMejah) December 27, 2017
“Future club captain” (scrape a draw at Burnley)
— Kassim Highley (@HighleyKassim) December 27, 2017
Not a party popper however united have conceded 4 goals and had 2 draws in both matches. Isnt that a bad omen? Could be coincidental but i feel the universe of epl is trying to tell us something
— Temidayo Banwo (@tbanwo) December 27, 2017
He's not a leader. He should make Young or Valencia the captains, but what do I know.
— Ali Bomaye (@AliBomaye20) December 27, 2017