Paul Pogba has emerged as the leading candidate to succeed Antonio Valencia as Manchester United captain.
The France international was stripped of the vice-captaincy earlier this season following a series of bust-ups with Jose Mourinho.
Pogba’s future looked almost certain to lie away from Old Trafford had Mourinho’s reign continued beyond the end of the season, but the former Chelsea manager’s sacking and subsequent appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has triggered a dramatic return to form for the World Cup winner.
The 24-year-old has played a pivotal role in a run of nine wins in 11 league games which has seen United put themselves in with a strong chance of achieving Champions League qualification.
With current club captain Antonio Valencia set to leave after a decade of service, Pogba, according to The Sun, is first in line to replace the former Wigan winger.
United had until 17.00 yesterday to trigger a 12-month extension on Valencia’s contract which is set to expire in June, but passed on the option.
In a statement released on Twitter, Valencia said: ‘Lago Agrio is a very humble town in Ecuador.
‘When I was a child, I never imagined travel to Europe. Thanks to God for letting me play 10 years in the best club in the world Manchester United.
‘Now I am focused on my recovery so I can end the season playing at Old Trafford!’