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Ona Batlle has ‘the whole lot to be a captain’ as Man Utd work onerous to maintain star

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Manchester United are nonetheless ‘working onerous’ to safe the long-term way forward for star right-back Ona Batlle, a participant who Marc Skinner has introduced into his senior management group.

Batlle solely turned 23 over the summer time and stays one of many youthful gamers within the present United squad. However the Spaniard was handed the captaincy for the Continental Cup recreation towards Aston Villa earlier this month forward of a variety of older and extra skilled gamers.

“Ona is a part of my management group,” Skinner defined. “I’ve 4 leaders. The rationale [she was captain] is she affords a distinct kind of management to the others. She very a lot leads by instance.

“She, no doubt in my thoughts, is among the finest proper backs, if not one of the best, proper again on this planet. She’s a fantastic, nice chief, nice character and needs to win the whole lot that she performs.”

Skinner didn’t deny the suggestion that together with Batlle, whose contract expires on the finish of the season and has beforehand been a goal for Barcelona and Chelsea, within the management group was a manner of displaying her the essential position she might proceed to have on the membership within the long-term.

“She’s received the whole lot to be a captain and we’re clearly working onerous to attempt to preserve her on the membership and progress along with her even additional,” the United boss stated.

A product of Barcelona’s youth setup, Batlle arrived at United in the summertime of 2020 and was named the membership’s Participant of the Yr in her first season, voted for by teammates and training employees.

She then went from energy to energy final season, taking a spot within the PFA WSL Staff of the Yr, and has began the brand new 2022/23 marketing campaign equally as impressively.

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