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“He’s our captain and I don’t see any reason to change that”- Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick backs Harry Maguire for captaincy despite ‘weaker moments’

The interim boss insists that there is no need to strip defender Harry Maguire from Manchester United captaincy duties.

Manchester United captain and central defender Harry Maguire has been under a lot of scrutiny this season for some below-par performances and errors which have led directly to goals as Manchester United continue to find some consistency this season. However despite the poor performances and some ‘weaker moments’ interim manager Ralf Rangnick believes there is no need to strip Maguire from captaincy as some section of United supporters have suggested to take the armband from him.

Ralf Rangnick pre-match press conference before Brighton game

Manchester United once again surrendered a 1-0 lead for a third game in a row against Southampton at Old Trafford and the criticism towards Harry Maguire intensified as the Red Devils played out a third straight draw in as many games. “I think when he came back after his injury he did extremely well. He had a very good performance, a very good game against West Ham, In the past two games, yeah he had some weaker moments, against Southampton and when we conceded the goal at Burnley, but he’s our captain and I don’t see any reason to change that.” Rangnick said

Harry Maguire was named Manchester United captain in January 2020 by previous head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer five months after his blockbuster move from Leicester City for a record fee of £80m.

Ralf Rangnick responds to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s claims of Manchester United not being a pressing team

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick(left) with Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl(right)

Following a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl gave a brutal assessment of Manchester United’s playing style under interim boss Ralf Rangnick. Hasenhuttl commented on United’s lack of pressing as a team. “It is not a big secret that when they lose the ball that the reverse gears are not always the best from everybody.”

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To this Rangnick responded by saying that his team did well in first half and caused problems for Southampton and also agreed that the team is still learning as United are not a natural pressing team. “Well as far as I know he said that they were struggling in the first half against us, and changed their formation within the first 45 minutes two or three times showed that we did a good job in the first half. Yes, what he said that we are not a natural pressing team – this is normal. They haven’t been doing that in the last couple of years and to change that into a pressing team all the time is difficult during the season.”

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes also suggested that the players did not want to put in a shift and settled for a stalemate in the end.

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