Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that he sees no reason to strip Harry Maguire of the captaincy at Old Trafford.
The world’s most expensive defender has been under close scrutiny this season, both for his displays in the heart of defence and leadership of the team.
Maguire missed the first two matches of 2022 with a chest injury and was named on the bench against Aston Villa and Brentford as Rangnick favoured Victor Lindelof alongside Raphael Varane.
But the Man Utd skipper was restored to the starting line-up against West Ham in the absence of Lindelof, who was supporting his family after a break-in, and produced a solid display at Old Trafford on January 22.
Since then he has come under intense scrutiny with Man Utd being dumped out of the FA Cup by Championship side Middlesbrough before drawing two Premier League matches 1-1 against Southampton and struggling Burnley.
There have been suggestions from some fans that Maguire should have the captaincy taken away from him because of his poor form – but Rangnick has no plans to change.
“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.”
Rangnick added: “He’s a player who has to develop, get better, like all the other players.
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“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.”