‘Out-of-favor’ central defender Harry Maguire will have to spend the season in a ‘vegetative’ state if he stays at Manchester United.
“Maguire will not be able to wear the captain’s armband even if he stays at Old Trafford,” the Daily Mail reported on Monday (Aug. 9).
Maguire, who captained United last season, will have to relinquish the armband to Bruno Fernandes for the new season. Maguire made just eight starts last season, so manager Eric ten Hagh doesn’t see the need to give him the captaincy as he struggles to guarantee regular appearances.
United’s central defense is a system of Lisandro Martinez and Rafael Varane, with Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof supporting them. Maguire is a big name, but he doesn’t offer much in the way of depth.
Maguire has been heavily linked with a move away. Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move, but nothing has happened yet. ‘If Maguire stays at United, the captain’s armband will be taken away from him,’ the source explained.
Maguire is virtually non-existent in Van Gaal’s plans. Maguire’s ability to win aerial balls is good, but he lacks the pace and coordination to build up and get back into space. 안전놀이터
Midfielder Fernandez seems to be the favorite for the new captaincy. This is especially true given that goalkeeper David De Gea is a free agent and has parted ways with the club.
Fernandez did a great job as captain in the second half of last season. So much so that United fans have tipped him as the next captain. He seems like a natural to take over the captain’s armband.
Some might argue that Casemiro or Marcus Rashford would be fine, but for the position and role, Fernandez is the man for the job. The shift in power within the United squad is an interesting one for the season.
Maguire now finds himself at a crossroads, whether he wants to spend another season at the club with nothing or look to move on.