Valencia assumed the full-time captaincy role in the summer from Michael Carrick, who donned the armband for a season where he was restricted to five games due to an irregular heart rhythm. Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic are the other permanent skippers United have had since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
Eric Cantona, Roy Keane and Gary Neville were United’s leaders during Solskjaer’s 11 years as a player and the Norwegian has shared the armband around during his four months in charge. Ashley Young has captained United 31 times this season while Paul Pogba, David de Gea and Chris Smalling have also led the team out. Solskjaer says he is considering at least two options but wants a ‘voice’ in the dressing room.
Keane held the captaincy post for over eight years at United and Neville was skipper for just over five injury-plagued years.