Ronaldo, Maguire In Power Tussle Over Man United Captaincy


Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire are reportedly locked in a power struggle over the Manchester United captaincy at the moment.

According to a report, both players have been in conversation with interim boss Ralf Rangnick about a change of skipper for the rest of the season.

While the idea behind 37-year-old Ronaldo taking the armband is to take pressure off Maguire, the England international is reluctant to agree as he doesn’t want to lose the captaincy permanently.

The report details that there is now a growing belief in the dressing room that Ronaldo will take over as captain, while Maguire struggles for form at centre back.

A source explained: “Originally, Ronaldo was asking players to back Harry. But the problem is the manager now wants Ronaldo to mentor all these younger players.

“That’s left Harry in no man’s land, as he’s the captain and having to say and follow whatever Ronaldo says, to keep everything sweet.”

Ronaldo has been mentoring the younger players – as per Rangnick’s instructions – since the German arrived in November.

Maguire, on the other hand, is said to feel ‘marginalised’ by Ronaldo’s role in the dressing room.

Ronaldo has, publicly, supported Maguire but that vocal backing is said to have lessened in recent weeks.

Earlier this week, Marcus Rashford rubbished claims of disharmony within Man Utd’s squad, insisting that they are all pushing in the same direction.


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