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Rangnick denied stripping Maguire armband

Tue 15 February 2022 | 9:07

The Manchester United captain is not having good days at the club.

Manchester United

manager Ralf Rangnick has claimed that despite

Harry Maguire

's poor run in the current season, he does not need to be stripped of his captain's armband.

Maguire has performed poorly in recent weeks and United fans have called for the club to be stripped of his captain's armband. Criticism of the English defender peaked after United beat their opponents in their last two games and then ended in a 1-1 draw, but Rangnick sees no reason to change his team leader.

"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," Rangnick said.

"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."

Five months after Maguire's £80 million move to Manchester United, he was named captain of the Red Devils by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He has played 132 games for the club and Rangnick believes the English defender needs to find a new way to play.

"He's a player who has to develop, get better, like all the other players.

"The way that we are playing now is new also to him because in the English national team he was used to playing in a back three and here at Manchester United, in most cases a back four, but still not being as proactive, not with that kind of rest defence always being on the front foot when we are trying to defend.

"This is something also new to him and it will also take some time for him to get used to that, to get adjusted to that."

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