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Manchester United: Cristiano Ronaldo will not replace Harry Maguire as captain, says Ralf Rangnick

Ralf Rangnick sees no reason to replace Harry Maguire as Man United captain, despite calls for Cristiano Ronaldo to take over the armband.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo gave a rallying cry to his Man United teammates this week
  • The Portuguese star urged them to achieve at least a top three finish this season
  • United fans are now desperate for Ronaldo to replace Harry Maguire as captain
  • But Ralf Rangnick has ruled out Maguire being removed as skipper soon











Ralf Rangnick has no intention of replacing Harry Maguire as Manchester United captain, despite calls for Cristiano Ronaldo to take over the armband following his rousing comments this week.

Ronaldo called on his United teammates to improve their game and secure a top-three finish in an explosive interview with air sports, while also suggesting the club’s younger players struggle to accept criticism behind the scenes.

His words certainly impressed the Old Trafford faithful, who now want Rangnick to make him permanent captain.

Ralf Rangnick says he has no plans to replace Harry Maguire as Manchester United captain

Ralf Rangnick says he has no plans to replace Harry Maguire as Manchester United captain

United fans want Cristiano Ronaldo to be captain after his explosive interview

United fans want Cristiano Ronaldo to be captain after his explosive interview

The Portuguese star recently led the squad in Maguire’s absence, but Rangnick sees no reason to replace his current skipper if he returns from injury.

“At the moment I see no reason to do that as Harry is the captain so far and as long as Harry plays he will be the captain,” said the United interim boss.

“And if he’s not playing, someone else has to be the captain. This can change from game to game depending on who is playing.

“We don’t just have Cristiano. Edinson [Cavani], we have. Harry, we have quite a few other older players, David de Gea in goal, Victor Lindelof, Bruno [Fernandes].

But Rangnick has no intention of making Ronaldo permanent Red Devils captain any time soon

But Rangnick has no intention of making Ronaldo permanent Red Devils captain any time soon

“We have plenty of experienced older players who can be role models themselves not only in training, on the pitch and in games, but also in all those conversations that take place in the locker room or when they are together in the hotel for away games or home games, this must happen.

“In a team, in a unified team that happens automatically and I can only invite and challenge all the players and tell them to do that regularly because that helps even more in a team that we have at the moment.”

United head to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, and Rangnick expects Ronaldo and Maguire – who both missed their FA Cup win over Steven Gerrard’s side this week – will be fit.

“I think they will be available,” he said. “They only trained for the first time yesterday (Thursday) – Cristiano yesterday, Harry the day before yesterday. “We have to wait for the last training, but it should be there.”

United's interim boss has instead called on all of his senior players to become leaders for the club

United’s interim boss has instead called on all of his senior players to become leaders for the club

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