Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sports - BY DAVID MC­DON­NELL and SI­MON MULLOCK BY JOHN RICHARD­SON

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER says Paul Pogba is a shock con­tender for the Manch­ester United captaincy – de­spite the mid­fielder want­ing out of Old Traf­ford.

The United boss is look­ing to ap­point a new skip­per to re­place An­to­nio Va­len­cia and is con­sid­er­ing the unset­tled Pogba in a bid to keep him at the club. Pogba has sug­gested it might be time for STEVE BRUCE will join New­cas­tle United as the LOW­EST-PAID boss in the Pre­mier League.

Bruce’s des­per­a­tion to take charge of the club he and his fam­ily have al­ways sup­ported will see his ba­sic pay pegged at £1 mil­lion a year. But the 58-year-old

Ge­ordie will be able to boost his wages by steer­ing Toon clear of rel­e­ga­tion.

Owner Mike Ashley has worked out an in­cen­tivedriven salary, which will see Bruce (left) col­lect an ex­tra pay­ment for ev­ery place New­cas­tle fin­ish above the bot­tom three.

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