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Manchester United 'want Paul Pogba to become permanent captain'

United 'want Pogba to become permanent captain'
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Manchester United are ready to hand Paul Pogba the captain's armband on a permanent basis, according to a report.

Manchester United are reportedly ready to hand Paul Pogba the captain's armband on a permanent basis in a bid to convince the France international to remain at Old Trafford.

Antonio Valencia is United's first-team skipper, but the Ecuador international will leave on a free transfer this summer, meaning that a new captain will need to be appointed.

According to The Mirror, head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Pogba to lead the team going forward, but the club still face a tough task convincing the 2018 World Cup winner to stay in England.

Indeed, Real Madrid and Barcelona continue to be linked with the 26-year-old, who has a contract at Old Trafford until the summer of 2021, with the option of a further year.

Solskjaer recently insisted that United would keep hold of the midfielder this summer, but it has since been reported that the relationship between the two individuals has deteriorated.

Pogba scored twice in United's 2-1 win over West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday, meaning that the Frenchman has now struck 16 times in all competitions this term.


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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in action during his side's Premier League clash with Fulham on February 9, 2019
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool35277179205988
2Manchester CityMan City34282487226586
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs352311165353070
4Chelsea35207859382167
5Arsenal34206868432566
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd34197863481564
7Watford35148135050050
8Everton35147145044649
9Leicester CityLeicester35146154847148
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves34139124142-148
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham35127164454-1043
12Crystal Palace35126174348-542
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle35118163544-941
14Bournemouth35125184962-1341
15Burnley35117174462-1840
16Southampton35910164158-1737
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3597193254-2234
18Cardiff CityCardiff3594223065-3531
RFulham3565243376-4323
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3535272069-4914

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