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Ralf Rangnick Suggests Manchester United Should Change Captain Next Season

Ryan Sidle

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Ralf Rangnick Suggests Manchester United Should Change Captain Next Season

Ralf Rangnick has suggested that Manchester United should look into a change of how they pick their captain, with Harry Maguire struggling this season.

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Maguire has been criticised a lot for his form this season for United, despite the fact that the player has claimed he is playing well and that's why he continues to be picked.

The defender's season was perhaps best summed up by the fact that he recently managed to accidentally kick Paul Pogba in the face whilst attacking a corner.

So bad has he been, according to fans, that there's even been a petition to remove him as captain, which has been signed by over 40,000 fans.

Now Rangnick, who has. been very honest in his assessment of the team in the past few weeks, has suggested that Maguire could be removed as captain.

Speaking ahead of United's game with Chelsea on Thursday, the interim manager was asked if the former Leicester City defender would continue wearing the armband.

"I understand your question, but again I think it doesn’t make sense because you don’t know which kind of players will be here, what the group will look like," the interim boss said.

Maguire chatting with Rangnick. Image: PA Images
Maguire chatting with Rangnick. Image: PA Images

"I can only tell what I have done in the past when I was the head coach or the manager, because in Germany it’s called ‘match kapitan’, so the captain of the team.

"I strongly believe that the captain should be elected by the team because he’s called the team manager, and we always did that.

"We always had a board of four or five players, we called it the ‘spielkapitan’, elected by the players, the player with the highest amount of votes was the team captain at the end.

"That’s how I did it, I know that not a lot of head coaches do it that way."

Maguire was dropped from the starting line up against Arsenal. Image: PA Images
Maguire was dropped from the starting line up against Arsenal. Image: PA Images

Earlier in the season it was suggested that there was a power struggle between Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo over the captaincy.

Even Bayern Munich player Alphonso Davies joined in the discourse, claiming he couldn't believe that the £80 million centre back was the main in the armband and not Ronaldo.

Erik ten Hag may well look to remove Maguire as the captain, a position he took just six months after signing for the club, once Ashley Young left.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Manchester United, Premier League, Harry Maguire, Erik Ten Hag, Ralf Rangnick

Ryan Sidle
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