‘Retaining Maguire As Man United Captain A Mistake’ —Liverpool Legend

July 12, 2022
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Liverpool legend Danny Murphy has labeled Erik Ten Hag’s decision to retain Harry Maguire as Manchester United captain a mistake.

Maguire came in for criticism over the last season for his inconsistent performances for both club and country.

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While some have called on Ten Hag to name a new captain, the former Ajax coach has insisted that the 29-year-old will retain his status for the new campaign.

Speaking to the press during United’s pre-season trip to Thailand, Ten Hag said: “Harry Maguire is the captain.

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“Of course I have to get to know all of the players and that takes time, but he is an established captain.

“Over the years he has achieved a lot of success and so I have no doubts about this issue.”

While a decision has now been made, Murphy believes that Ten Hag may live to regret his choice.

Speaking on White and Jordan, Murphy said: “He thinks that’s the right thing to do, but I think he’s probably made a mistake. I think it was time for a change of captaincy and leadership at United.

“I’d give it to whoever he brings in who is big enough and brave enough to take it on.

“I remember being at Liverpool when Paul Ince walked through the door, captain, bang. He changed the mentality in the dressing room straight away.

“I wouldn’t have Harry Maguire as captain next season, but that doesn’t mean I would get rid of him. I think he’s a good player, I just think it’s too much for him, he’s struggled with it and his performances would improve if he didn’t have it.

“As a player he is capable of more, and the best way to get that out of him is to take the captaincy from him.

“Being the captain of Manchester United, that responsibility, is a burden and it’s drained him.

“I wouldn’t take it off him as a kick up the backside, but for the benefit of the player.

“Manchester United is a massive club, the biggest in the world, and being captain there needs someone who is capable of dealing with that better.”

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