Harry Maguire made Manchester United captain to succeed Ashley Young

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I've been impressed by Maguire's leadership - Solskjaer

Harry Maguire has been named as the new Manchester United captain just five months after joining the club from Leicester City.

The England centre-half succeeds left-back Ashley Young, who is close to completing a move to Inter Milan.

Maguire, 26, has made 29 appearances for the Red Devils since his £80m move from the King Power Stadium in August.

"Everything about him tells me is a leader," said United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

"Harry will keep wearing the armband now."

Marcus Rashford, David de Gea and Jesse Lingard have also captained the club this season in the absence of Young, who has made only 18 appearances in all competitions.

Solskjaer 'not holding his breath' on Rashford fitness

Meanwhile, Solskjaer says he is "not holding his breath" about top scorer Rashford recovering from a back injury in time for Sunday's Premier League trip to leaders Liverpool.

The 22-year-old was forced off just 16 minutes after coming on as a substitute in the FA Cup third-round replay win against Wolves on Wednesday.

"We will give him the absolute amount of time to find out," said Solskjaer.

"Marcus will have more checks and treatment today but I am not holding my breath. I would think he wouldn't be ready but there is still 48 hours, so let's see."

'Right time' for Young departure

Solskjaer also says it is the "right time" for Young to leave Old Trafford but praised the full-back for his "fantastic" service to the club.

The 34-year-old has made 261 appearances for United since joining from Aston Villa in the summer of 2011.

"He is 35 in the summer and, if he gets a two-year contract somewhere, I think it's up to him to take that. We weren't ready to offer that," said the Norwegian.

"He's been a good servant for the club. He's been captain and he's won trophies, leagues, cups, but we've got players coming through.

"So it was time. He's done a fantastic job and he's served this club fantastically. I think it was an opportunity for him that we had to say yes to. We got a transfer fee for someone who's been so loyal to the club."

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