• News

Antonio Valencia named Manchester United captain

Manchester United v Brighton and Hove Albion - Premier League
Getty Images

Antonio Valencia will be the Manchester United captain for the 2018/19 season with several other options available, confirms Jose Mourinho

The Ecuador international replaces the retired Michael Carrick, who only played five times in the past year, as the club’s newest skipper after wearing the armband for the majority of last season.

While Valencia will be the permanent option for United next season, Mourinho did hint at several other options at his disposal.

He told the club website: “Valencia will be the captain but when he doesn’t play, we have to make decisions – it depends who is on the pitch.

“If [Chris] Smalling is, if Ashley Young is, if [Ander] Herrera is or if Mata is, if they are on the pitch, they are an option. I think Nemanja Matic has all the attributes to be Manchester United captain but of course, he only arrived one year ago. But for me, I don’t care too much about the captaincy, I care more about the life in the dressing room.”

Mourinho made the announcement after United’s 1-1 draw against Mexican side Club America in their first pre-season friendly at the United States.

The Red Devils will next face San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday.