Harry Maguire has been dropped as Manchester United captain by manager Erik ten Hag. Maguire, 30, has been out of favor at United under Ten Hag, making just 16 appearances in the Premier League last season.
In a statement on Twitter, Maguire said:
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 honours 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
It is unclear who will replace Maguire as captain, but Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane are both considered to be in contention. Maguire’s captaincy has been under scrutiny for some time, and his form has dipped in recent months. Ten Hag’s decision to drop Maguire as captain is a clear sign that he wants to make a fresh start at United. The Dutchman will be hoping that Maguire can regain his form and become a key player for the team again.