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Next Man Utd captain: Likeliest skipper named after ruthless Ten Hag swipes captaincy off Maguire

Man Utd centre-back Harry Maguire

Two sources have agreed on who will take the Man Utd captaincy moving forward after Erik ten Hag relieved Harry Maguire of his duties.

Maguire, 30, tumbled down the pecking order during Ten Hag’s first season at the helm. Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez were the Dutchman’s preferred pairing, with Victor Lindelof serving as chief back-up.

However, it was the fact Ten Hag selected left-back Luke Shaw out of position at centre-half – instead of Maguire – that will have concerned the England international the most.

Man Utd are known to be open to selling the defender this summer if suitable bids are lodged. To that end, West Ham are circling and have money to spend following the completion of Declan Rice’s £105m move to Arsenal.

From the player’s perspective, Maguire is understood to retain hope of staying in Manchester and fighting for his place.

However, the latest update – as confirmed by Maguire himself – will certainly leave a sour taste in his mouth and test his resolve to stick it out at Old Trafford.

Taking to Twitter, Maguire confirmed he has been stripped of the Man Utd captaincy. Per the player, the decision was Ten Hag’s, with the manager holding talks with Maguire earlier on Sunday.

Maguire confirms Man Utd demotion

A heartfelt statement from Maguire read: “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 Man Utd 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 Man Utd 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.”

Likeliest next Man Utd captain named

Bruno Fernandes served as vice-captain last season and the Portuguese donned the armband when Maguire remained rooted to the bench.

According to both talkSPORT and the Manchester Evening News, it is Fernandes who is now in line and expected to be installed as the official club captain.

That won’t surprise many given Fernandes has been vice-captain since 2021. However, Ten Hag certainly doesn’t lack for options in that regard.

Lisandro Martinez has led by example since arriving from Ajax. Elsewhere, fellow centre-back partner, Raphael Varane, has won the lot with club and country.

Casemiro too would’ve represented a fine choice and has been nothing short of sensational since arriving from Real Madrid. Elsewhere, Rashford has earned rave reviews for his outstanding work off the field as well as on it.

However, if the MEN and talkSPORT are correct, the honour will now be bestowed upon Bruno Fernandes.

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