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Harry Maguire stripped of Manchester United captaincy

After holding crucial discussions with Erik Ten Hag, Harry Maguire has disclosed that he no longer holds the captaincy at Manchester United.

Following Ashley Young’s departure to Inter in January 2020, Maguire initially took on the armband, becoming the world’s most expensive defender after his move from Leicester City to Old Trafford.

However, last year, Ten Hag’s arrival as manager diminished Maguire’s team position. With Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez surpassing him in the squad hierarchy during the 2023-24 season, doubts arose regarding his role as captain and his future at the club.

Ten Hag has now communicated to Maguire that a new captain lead the team in the upcoming season, which has left the defender feeling “extremely disappointed.”

Maguire thanks United fans for their support after the captaincy debacle

The England international confirmed the news in a social media post: “After discussions with the manager today he has informed me he is changing captain. He outlined his reasons to me and whilst I’m personally extremely disappointed, I will continue to give my all every time I wear the shirt.

“So I wanted to say a massive thank you to the Manchester United fans for all their brilliant support whilst I’ve been wearing the armband. Since the day I took on the role three and half years ago, it’s been a huge privilege to lead Manchester United and one of the proudest moments of my career to date.

“It’s one of the greatest honors in club football. I’ve done everything I possibly could to help United be successful – on and off the field. I will always be grateful to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for first giving me the responsibility and I wish whoever now takes it on every success and they will have my full support. Harry.”

Throughout most of last season, Bruno Fernandes assumed the captaincy while Maguire remained on the bench, positioning the Portuguese as the leading contender to become Manchester United’s new permanent captain.

Following Maguire’s revelation, speculation regarding his potential departure from Old Trafford will increase, with West Ham and Aston Villa among the clubs currently after him.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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