Reports: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to appoint new Manchester United captain against Barcelona

Manchester United’s visit to Barcelona could prove to be pivotal for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. While the Catalan club has a slight 1-0 advantage, reports suggest that the tranquil Norwegian is looking to give his side a boost by appointing a new captain.

Manchester Evening News reports that Paul Pogba is a potential candidate for the role. The Frenchman has already shown his leadership abilities for France both on and off the pitch but has been less proactive in United colours. The skirmish at Camp Nou on Tuesday offers the flashy midfielder an opportunity to assert his presence both as player and leader.

While Roy Keane’s blood and thunder are hard to match, United could do with a leader of less sparky characteristics. If Pogba were to inspire United into the semi-finals, Solskjaer could very well hand him the armband on a permanent basis which could even put his proposed move to Real Madrid in jeopardy.

And with Ashley Young underperforming and Antonio Valencia leaving the club in summer, United are in dire need of a leader as well.