Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains Paul Pogba captaincy snub after giving Axel Tuanzebe armband in Manchester United’s Carabao Cup win

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed young Englishman Axel Tuanzebe as ‘a captain in the making’ after picking him to wear the armband over Paul Pogba in the Carabap Cup.
Tuanzebe led out the Red Devils at Old Trafford in Wednesday night’s third round clash against Rochdale, which the hosts won in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw .
Questions were asked why 21-year-old defender Tuanzebe – who has captained the Red Devils at every age level – was named skipper despite a more experienced player in World Cup winner Pogba, who has worn the armband regularly over the last 12 months, also starting the game.
Paul Pogba was one of the most experienced players on the pitch for Manchester United on Wednesday night

But Solskjaer told talkSPORT following the game that he sees no problem giving one of his youngsters a chance to prove their leadership at the top level.
Speaking to Manchester correspondent Dom McGuinness, the boss said: “Axel is a captain in the making, he’s a leader – why not give to young kids?
“We know we can give it to Sergio [Romero] and we can give it to Paul, that’s no problem and they’ve been captains before.
“But it was Axel today and how does he handle it? He was absolutely fine, he enjoyed it.
“It’s just a way of telling him that we trust him.”
There was plenty of young talent on show at Old Trafford, as 17-year-old Mason Greenwood gave United the lead before Rochdale pulled level through a first professional goal from 16-year-old defender Luke Matheson.
Daniel James, 21, United’s stand-out star from their start to the new season, also scored the winning penalty of the shoot-out.
And Solskjear hailed his young players following the match, with significant praise for young striker Greenwood.
“Some players learned a lot today and some proved to us that we can give them more responsibility,” added the Norwegian.

“Mason again showed with his goalscoring abilities why we regard him so highly.
“He has two great feet and took the penalty with his right, so he must be a nightmare for defenders having him one on one in the box.
“He can go both ways, which is for me fantastic and you can just see he has got quality and he will get his share of games.
“But he is young and we will give him time to grow.”






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