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Ashley Young is expected to be named Manchester United captain.

Ashley Young is expected to become Man United captain next season

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a decision to make over the captaincy next season.

Antonio Valencia is the club captain but he is leaving the club this summer after 10 seasons.

So who should replace him?

Ashley Young is the main candidate after filling in for much of the 2018/19 season.

However, while his commitment could not be questioned, his performances came under fire and he was heavily crticised by his team's fans.

Paul Pogba could also be in the running, while players who have been at the club for many years such as David de Gea and Chris Smalling may also be considered.

But it seems that Ashley Young is going to get the role.

The Times report that the 33-year-old right back is expected to become club captain next season.

That's news that is bound to not be received well by Man United fans.

Young's best days are behind him and he struggled at right-back this season.

Ashley Young is expected to be named Manchester United captain

Eyebrows were raised when he was given a new one-year contract extension in February and many wanted to see him sold.

But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clearly thinks differently and instead believes Young is the player that will lead them back to the top of English football.

While Young has been made a scapegoat by many United fans this season, Gary Neville defended him last month.

"Ashley Young has been at the club 10 years, paid very little for him in terms of the market norm, he’s been absolutely work ethic all the way through," he said on the Gary Neville podcast, per the Metro.

Ashley Young has stood in for Antonio Valencia as captain this season

"Don’t pick on Ashley Young. He’s the last person I would turn on.

"He’s the one who is actually, to be fair, going out there week in week out, playing in a position that’s relatively foreign to him in the last two or three seasons, he’s absolutely giving his all.

"He’s hurting on the pitch, I can see it.

"Get away from him, start with the ones who set the influence in the dressing room, the ones who have got the capability to be the best in the world."

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