Why Solskjaer is delighted to have Maguire as United captain

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Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Harry Maguire to become one of the club’s greatest captains of all time.

The Norwegian appears to be happy with his choice of Maguire as club captain.

“We’ve had different captains down the years, Gary Neville, Roy Keane, Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs – they’ve all been different personalities,” the Norwegian told the Mirror.

“But Harry’s his own man. United is, if not the biggest, one of the two or three biggest clubs in the world and he’s now the frontman for it.

“Harry is a born leader – definitely. That was what we spoke about in early talks with him as well, that he can take the leadership, he’s the one we wanted for that.

“To be honest I didn’t expect him to be captain this quickly, since the start, though, he’s been in the dressing room and speaking with the coaches, he’s vocal, he’s got the experience, he’s got everything a captain should have.

“I always thought it’s natural for him to take that role but his performances have helped too. I’m delighted with the boy, that was one of the attributes we were looking at when we signed him.

“As a captain at this club you have to be thick-skinned, you can’t sulk or feel sorry for yourself, you have to get on with things and be proactive. He’s got to lead men, we’ve got a few men and some boys as well, but he’s got to go in front as an example for everyone – and he is.

“And when the team is more consistent he’ll be an even bigger presence – definitely.”

The England International was given the armband on a permanent basis following Ashley Young’s move to Inter Milan in January, and has taken to his leadership role like duck to water.

The 26-year-old has made 36 appearances in all competitions this season – the highest number among the United squad. The England international is yet to miss a single minute of the Premier League action this term.

“You’ve got to be able to churn out games, playtime and time again but he’s never once asked for a rest,” Ole added.

“He plays internationals, he plays for us, midweek and weekend. He’s that type of personality that wants to be out there on the pitch, that’s a leader.

“He even organises paint-balling, bonding dinners, a fining system – he’s taken on everything!”