Erik Ten Hag Set to Keep Harry Maguire at Manchester United but Could Strip Him of Captaincy Duties

Erik Ten Hag Set to Keep Harry Maguire at Manchester United but Could Strip Him of Captaincy Duties

  • Harry Maguire will remain at Manchester United despite a poor season that saw even his own teammates question his performance
  • New boss Erik ten Hag will however make a decision on who will be the captain with David De Gea and Cristiano Ronaldo favourites
  • Maguire can also face intense competition should the club add more centre back as ten Hag continues to plan his overhaul

Embattled Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is set to remain at the club despite previous reports linking him with a move away.

Maguire has been on the receiving end of attacks and banter from football fans for questionable performances and his apparent 'inability' to lead the club.

Harry Maguire, Erik ten Hag, Manchester United, captain
Embattled Manchester United captain Harry Maguire. Photo by Simon Stacpoole.
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There have been widespread calls to strip him of captaincy duties at the club. It is one of the issues that new manager Erik ten Hag will deal with as he continues to prepare for his first season in charge.

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Now the Daily Mail reports that a decision has been arrived at to keep Maguire at the club. Ten Hag has decided to keep the England international as one of his centrebacks alongside Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof.

However, Maguire's starting berth could come under intense pressure as ten Hag looks to sign a new centre-back if the club can offload Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe.

The Mirror additionally reports that the captaincy issue will now be determined when the players come back for preseason. Previous reports have suggested that David De Gea and Cristiano Ronaldo are firm favourites to succeed the former Leicester man.

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand wants Harry Maguire to leave

Sports Brief had also reported that Rio Ferdinand is expecting new Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag to overhaul the Red Devils’ defensive set up before the 2022/23 season commences.

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Manchester United has been linked with a few defensive-minded players in the summer transfer window including Ajax pair Jurrien Timber and Lisandro Martinez.

Ferdinand is of the opinion that Erik ten Hag will first let go of at least one of the current center-backs at United before signing a new defender and suggested Harry Maguire could be one of the players leaving.

Source: Sports Brief News