Ralf Rangnick is understood to be considering a change of captain amid Harry Maguire’s struggles this season, with Cristiano Ronaldo being the leading contender for the armband.
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Maguire has performed badly this season, frequently criticized for poor performances for the Reds amid a challenging campaign for United.
There was optimism at the start of the season that the Reds would finally be able to challenge at the top Premier Leagueafter a summer of comfortable spending that saw Ronaldo return to Old Trafford.
But those hopes were quickly dashed when too many United stars, including centre-back Maguire, failed to live up to expectations, leading to their sacking. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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Although results have improved since Rangnick took charge temporarily, performances continue to be less than impressive.
And with United already out of the FA Cup and struggling to finish in the top four, the dressing room is in danger of an all-out war.
Mirror Football revealed exclusively on Thursday that Maguire is feeling increasingly weakened by Ronaldo’s role in the dressing room.
The duo have held talks with Rangnick over Maguire’s status as captain, with Ronaldo the leading contender for the armband.
Ronaldo has taken on more of a leadership role under Rangnick, with the German reportedly asking him to mentor younger players on the team.
It seems increasingly likely that Maguire will lose the captaincy to his superstar team-mate, despite the Englishman’s reluctance to do so.
But it was a ruthless decision Rangnick needed to make as his side faced what would be crucial over the next few months.
Anything other than security Champions League football for next season will be a disaster for the Reds.
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To help guide them there, United will need all the experience they can get as each game becomes increasingly important.
A player with Ronaldo’s experience would be the perfect choice to lead them until the end of the season.
Questions have been raised since Maguire took over the captaincy under Solskjaer two years ago.
His suitability as United captain is increasingly in doubt, and with a replacement already available in Ronaldo, a change should be made.
The 37-year-old has captained Portugal’s national team since 2007, making 126 caps and leading them to Euro 2016.
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He is also often the captain Real Madrid during his nine-year stint at the Bernabeu and as such, has extensive experience in managing a team that carries high expectations.
With Rangnick already asking him to mentor his team’s young players, appointing him permanent captain looks set to be the next step.
Of course, not everyone is happy to see Maguire stripped of the captaincy, but it could help the England international get back into form.
With games of this nature coming up, it’s time for Rangnick to be ruthless and make a change of leadership on his field.
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