21-year-old Tuanzebe captains Man Utd with Pogba in lineup

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21-year-old Axel Tuanzebe is set to captain Manchester United for Wednesday’s League Cup third round clash away to League One side Rochdale, with former world-record signing Paul Pogba in the Red Devils’ starting lineup.

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Pogba has missed Man United’s last three games with an ankle injury before returning to the team on Wednesday. Having previously captained the side under Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Pogba was passed over for captain’s duties this time around.

However, it could be down to an inspiring story involving Tuanzebe’s incredible life journey rather than a slight toward Pogba or an indication of Solskjaer’s unhappiness with the 26-year-old.

Elsewhere in the team, 17-year-old Mason Greenwood has been handed his second start of the season after scoring his first senior goal for the club in Europa League action last week.