Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists giving the Manchester United captaincy to Axel Tuanzebe was not a snub to Paul Pogba.
The 21-year-old defender, who has skippered United teams throughout his progression up the youth ranks at Old Trafford, wore the armband for Wednesday’s EFL Cup match against Rochdale.
United averted a humiliating exit after being held to a 1-1 draw by their League One opponents, prevailing 5-3 on penalties.
Pogba endured a lacklustre outing in midfield and there was plenty of focus upon why a World Cup winner, who served as United’s vice-captain last season before a breakdown in relations with Jose Mourinho, was not selected to lead the team out of the tunnel.
But Solskjaer maintained he knows all he needs to about senior men like Pogba and cup goalkeeper Sergio Romero, while midweek gave him an opportunity to learn more about Tuanzebe’s appetite to lead on the big stage.
“Axel is a captain in the making, he’s a leader – why not give it to young kids?” he said in an interview with talkSPORT.
“We know we can give it to Sergio and we can give it to Paul, that’s no problem and they’ve been captains before.
“But it was Axel 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.”