Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Erik ten Hag who should be Manchester United captain

Manchester United are yet to name their captain for the new season after Harry Maguire relinquished the armband. Bruno Fernandes is the likeliest option but there are alternatives to consider
It seemed only a matter of time but Harry Maguire confirmed the inevitable this week, his time as Manchester United captain was over.

The Englishman revealed that, after talks with Erik ten Hag, the armband would lie elsewhere at Old Trafford next year. In truth, Maguire was skipper in all but name after being demoted to fourth-choice defender by Ten Hag.

It was an uncomfortable situation, with Maguire regularly sitting on the bench. Bruno Fernandes led the team out more often and whilst a public change is embarrassing, it was necessary.

Fernandes is the obvious successor to Maguire, having been vice-captain last year. He likes the responsibility and leads through his performances rather than the traditional order-barking captain.

But there have been questions held against Fernandes' demeanour, at times, and whether that embodies the image of a United captain. He is happy to use the 'dark arts' to gain a minute advantage, even if the optics aren't always great.

He's not alone in that attitude but there are some United fans who might look elsewhere. Perhaps, towards Raphael Varane?

The Frenchman wore the armband on Wednesday against Lyon and led by example at the back. He is United's most decorated player, with countless La Liga titles and UEFA Champions League medals, not to mention he's a World Cup winner.

Aged 30, he is an experienced, world-class defender. Injuries and availability were his greatest downfall in his debut season but he was fortunate on that front last year.

Varane has given United what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expected when he was unveiled at Old Trafford before the mauling of Leeds United. Now, he could step into a greater leadership role.

"I'm absolutely delighted that we have managed to secure one of the best defenders in the world over the last 10 years," said Solskjaer.

"Raphael is a proven winner who we have tracked over a long period of time and we know just how much of a dedicated professional he is."We have great depth of international defenders and he will add his immense skillset and leadership to that group. He is a unique defender with a rare combination of top-level attributes that I know will rub off on our younger players.

"He has won everything there is to win but I know that he is still determined to succeed, I can't wait to welcome him into the squad."

At any other club, Varane would be a natural choice to take the reins. He is as integral to United as Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool, who is likely to be named captain when Jordan Henderson completes his controversial move to the Saudi Pro League.

Whilst Fernandes is very much in pole position to be United's next captain, Varane should not be dismissed too quickly. He is living up to Solskjaer's promise and would be a fine candidate for the role.

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