Ralf Rangnick may need to take inspiration from Sir Alex Ferguson in his handling of Harry Maguire after question marks were raised by his Manchester United team-mates
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The legendary Scot always ensured decisions were made in the club’s best interest to maintain impeccably high standards.
Well, than Harry Maguire in the limelight and under scrutiny from both its own peers and experts, the club must draw inspiration from its past and act decisively.
The current United captain has proved this season that he is not the man to lead the Red Devils forward and needs to be kept out of the firing line in the best interests of both United and Maguire himself.
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Weeks later, it is rumored that the 28-year-old has turned embroiled in a power struggle with Cristiano Ronaldo for the club’s captaincyhas now appeared The centre-back’s status at this United side has been questioned by his own team-mates.
Accordingly The timesseveral members of Ralph RangnikMaguire’s ranks privately dispute Maguire’s continued selection, with many reports feeling his performances this season have fallen short of the club’s expectations.
Doubts about his position are rumored to have rumbled since a hostile team meeting following United’s 4-2 defeat by Maguire’s former employers. leicester city, last October.
Rangnick has defended his decision to stand by his captain in recent weeks but the latest revelation will certainly help to force his hand.
He explained last month: “Harry was hurt. He came back and had a good game against him west ham and I’m pretty sure he can play at the same level.
“The way we’re playing now is new to him, partly because he’s used to playing in a back three and here in the England national team Manchester United in a back four, but still not as proactive with that kind of defense when we’re trying to get up front and defend.
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“This is something new for him and it will take time for him to get used to it and get used to it.
“He’s our captain and I see no reason to change that. He’s also a player who, like all other players, needs to develop and improve.”
Maguire’s struggles this season are well documented and in view of this the German mindset may have been to insist on the defender in order to protect him.
After revelations that even his team-mates have doubts about his current form, perhaps it’s best to keep him out of the spotlight altogether.
While this isn’t a call for United to write Maguire off as a mistake, it’s simply a shout out for the club to make a statement of intent by removing him as captain to ease the pressure being placed on him.
The club’s standards have undeniably fallen since Ferguson ended his illustrious career, but United now have an opportunity to make a stand.
Their handling of Maguire over the coming weeks will say a lot about where the club is currently and where they hope to go, but it’s from the past where they should take inspiration.
While one can only speculate as to which line Ferguson would have taken, his reputation for rocking the boat and putting the club before the players is telling in itself.
Maguire has proved he is not the man to take United forward and even his peers can see that.
All that’s left is for Rangnick to realize this and emulate Ferguson’s reckless moves.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/maguire-rangnick-ferguson-man-utd-26380422 Ralf Rangnick must follow Man Utd icon Sir Alex Ferguson's example and decide recklessly