Valencia set for Man United captain role

Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho has signalled that Antonio Valencia is set to be club captain for the new campaign.

The responsibility was held by Michael Carrick last campaign, who retired from playing at the end of the season and joined the club’s coaching team.

Valencia skippered his side in their 1-1 friendly draw with Club America in Arizona.

Speaking after the match, Mourinho said: “The captain was Valencia last season. I think he is going to be the captain.

“And when he doesn’t play, we have to make decisions – it depends who is on the pitch. If [Chris] Smalling is, or if Ashley Young is, or if [Ander] Herrera is, or if [Juan] Mata is, if they are on the pitch, they are an option.

“I think a guy like [Nemanja] Matic has all the attributes to be Manchester United captain but of course he arrived only 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 and the leaders in the dressing room.”

United’s next game of the tour is against San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday, while their opening Premier League fixture is against Leicester at home.

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