'Can't wait to see David de Gea given the captain's armband for next season, he's our best player and fully deserves the role given his loyalty to the club,' (almost) every Manchester United fan, 2019.
A long-time servant of the club? Indeed.
Clearly very passionate about his side? For sure.
Well-liked among the fanbase and a quality mainstay of the team who will lead by example for seasons to come
Nevertheless, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken and, despite it being highly unlikely he will actually feature that much throughout the season, Young is the new United captain.
Given the fact he received a rather immense amount of stick for large parts of last season, the decision has taken some fans by surprise. Thus, as per usual, they took to the wonderful world of Twitter to express their emotions in no more than 280 characters.
Very poor decision by Ole to name Ashley Young captain. First of all he will play a very reduced role. Secondly, he knows how much the fan base dislikes him and has heard them booing him. What is his thinking? Why isn’t De ages captain?— Endee Football (@EndeeFootball) 4 August 2019
Ashley young club captain for the season. Sunday ruined— Ryan Richardson (@Ryan_Richo) August 4, 2019
The fact that Ashley Young is our captain this coming season, makes me feel sick fam! Arrrgh!— monkeii (@arytiantim) 4 August 2019
Naturally, the decision provided rival fans with a platform to express a great deal of sadistic pleasure. Especially considering the 34-year-old was fairly rubbish for the vast majority of the last campaign.
Ashley Young is your captain — Yaa Asantewaa (@asante__waa_) 4 August 2019
However, some of the more logical supporters noted that Solskjaer isn't obligated to play the Englishman. The fact that De Gea will take up the role when Young doesn't play suggests that he isn't in the first-team plans and it won't make all the much difference anyway.
Ashley Young won't be a starter for us this season, I don't care that he's club captain to be honest— Matthew (@Carrick4united) 3 August 2019
Ashley Young is our new captain?— Arnold M廬 (@fargo___) 4 August 2019
From the bench?
Ashley Young will be captain when HE IS ON THE PITCH— Bryan Breezy (@NgoroBrian) 4 August 2019
Ashley Young made club captain.— Paul Bates (Mufc Fan) (@Paul_Bates__) 4 August 2019
On a positive note hes not been made team captain.
Seems to be something that's come in over last few years team & club #MUFC
And then there those minority who are actually forward-thinking and instead of lambasting their new captain have opted to get behind him, with positivity at the forefront of their thinking after a rotten Premier League campaign last season.
People giving out about Ashley young, shut up and support your captain! Worst fucking fans in the world man it’s actually embarrassing— Gary O neill (@goneill1916) 4 August 2019
I’ve rated Ashley Young over the years, but he’s spent now. Shouldn’t be in the squad now, let alone captain. However as long as he wears the shirt I’ll support him.— Dave W (@DaveW_83) 10 April 2019
So there you go. Young is the new United captain and nobody seems especially pleased with it.
But as Solskjaer said, it will only be when he's on the pitch (which won't be very often), so it doens't really make the world of difference does it?
Source : 90min