Manchester United legend Roy Keane has given some advice to Harry Maguire, who has appointed club captain by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Ashley Young left for Inter Milan.
34-year-old Young, who spent nine years with at Old Trafford, joined the San Siro club on Friday for a fee of just over £1m.
The former England player’s departure left Solskjaer with a decision to make as he looks to continue United’s good form.
Six players have captained the Red Devils this season and United have looked rudderless at times, so Solskjaer opted to appoint £80m summer signing Maguire – who has been a mainstay in the team.
The 26-year-old has played in all of United’s Premier League game this season since joining from Leicester City and Keane offered some advice for the England centre-back.
“It’s all about the team. Don’t be distracted by it, by the captaincy, enjoy it. You don’t need the armband to be a leader but he does seem very proud of it,” Keane said to Sky Sports ahead of the clash with Liverpool .
Keane also revealed that he agreed with the move to appoint Maguire as captain.
When asked if it was a sensible move, the former Ireland midfielder said: “”I think so (sensible move). I’m always concerned when a new player comes to a club and is given the captaincy, it doesn’t say a lot about the other senior players at the club.
“He’s an experienced player, he’s a good age and he’s going to be a regular in the team. He comes across as a good lad. It’s a pretty sensible decision and he will have a big part to play, certainly.”
Maguire captained United on multiple occasions before being permanently appointed to the role on Friday.
He is yet to score for the club but registered his only assist for the Red Devils while wearing the armband against Brighton in October.