Erik ten Hag called to end ‘awkward’ Harry Maguire captaincy and hand the armband to his teammate
There ought to be a difference in the armband given the ongoing Reds captain has been removed from Ten Hag’s starting XI, one ex-player says.
Erik ten Hag has been encouraged to take the Manchester United captaincy from Harry Maguire and hand it to Bruno Fernandes to end an “humiliating” circumstance.
The defender has begun only two of the five matches since the World Cup, having started only six matches throughout the season. He was sidelined for Friday’s 3-1 FA Cup win over Everton as Luke Shaw made his third beginning at center back close by Raphael Varane.
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Maguire did ultimately come on for the last seven minutes and could play from the very start in Tuesday’s League Cup quarter-last with Charlton. In any case, he has lost his place in Ten Hag’s favored beginning XI with World Cup winner Lisandro Martinez the favored accomplice for Varane.
Some have proposed the 29-year-old might need to search for another club in the summer assuming he needs supported game time. Notwithstanding, ex-United defender Paul Parker accepts he would like to remain a piece part player at United as opposed to make a “step down” somewhere else.
Ten Hag declared in pre-season that Maguire would remain on as captain, however amid decreased game time, Parker approached Ten Hag to take the captaincy off Maguire and give it to customary backbone Fernandes.
he said: “Truly, the circumstance with Harry Maguire is humiliating at this point. How he is removing the armband from Bruno Fernandes is hopeless.
“He should never do that and Erik ten Hag needs to take the decision now to take away the armband from Maguire for good.” He added: “I’m not sure that he will find a new club in January.
“It will be very tough for a sporting director to convince the fans that he is a good signing at any club. Maybe he could go out on loan but then it will be a small team from the bottom of the league.
“He can’t play for a top side like Man City, Liverpool or Newcastle because they are defending with a high line. He needs to play for a team that defends with a low block because he is too nervous and too slow to play for a big club.
“But I think he is quite happy at Man United and most likely he will settle and enjoy his time on the bench because he knows that any other club would be a step down from Man United.”