United In Perth: Pogba a captaincy candidate as Lukaku offers cryptic comment

United In Perth: Pogba a captaincy candidate as Lukaku offers cryptic comment


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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not ruled out the possibility of Paul Pogba becoming the club’s next captain following their first preseason game last night.

Goals from Marcus Rashford and James Garner gave the Premier League side a 2-0 victory over A-League side Perth Glory in a game that they dominated from start to finish.

Ashley Young was the United captain at Optus Stadium and the armband was passed to Juan Mata following a whole host of half time substitutions.

“We’ve got quite a few possibilities there and when the season starts, we’ll announce it,” Solskjaer said in the post-game press conference.

“We’ll have a good assessment and see how preseason goes but, as you saw, Ashley will wear it when he’s playing until we decide on someone.”

When asked if Pogba is one of those being considered for the position, Solksjaer simply responded: “yes”.

“I don’t think that needs explaining, we’ll discuss that later on,” he added.

Pogba captained United on occasion during Jose Mourinho’s reign but his agent Mina Raiola has openly stated that the French midfielder is seeking a new challenge away from Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku’s future remains up in the air after he was omitted from the squad to take on Glory.

Lukaku’s absence was put down to a slight niggle that also kept him out of training midweek, and he could feature in Wednesday’s game against Leeds United.

“You guys will know something next week” is all the Belgian would tell reporters as he made is way onto the United team bus.

Asked about a situation that has seen Lukaku linked heavily with a move to Inter Milan, Solskjaer remained coy and gave little away.

“Can I see him staying? Let’s see when the season starts, we’ve not had any bids we’re considering,” he said.

“All my conversations I will keep confidential, that’s my privilege and I can promise them that I won’t tell them our discussions.”

United paid around $135 million to sign Lukaku from Everton in 2017 and are believed to be keen to make more than that back should they part ways with the 26-year-old.

Interestingly, United and Inter will go head-to-head in Singapore next Saturday.

Solskjaer also gave an update on the status of United staffer Mark Dempsey who was taken to Royal Perth Hospital on Friday having collapsed due to exhaustion from a heavy schedule.

Dempsey will return to the UK and take no further part in the rest of United’s tour which will see them head to Singapore next, followed by China.