On Sunday, Harry Maguire declared that he will no longer hold the position of captain at Manchester United after engaging in discussions with manager Erik ten Hag.
Earlier this month, there were reports indicating that Ten Hag intended to strip Maguire of his captaincy due to his limited involvement under the Dutch coach in the previous season. Maguire’s appearances as a central defender in the Premier League were limited to only eight starts, leading to speculations about his future at the renowned English club.
What is now confirmed is that Maguire will not retain the role of skipper at Old Trafford. He took to Twitter to convey this information.
“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.”
The 30-year-old added: “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-a-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.”
During Maguire’s absence last season, Bruno Fernandes was most frequently appointed as captain, and there is a strong likelihood that the Portugal midfielder will be permanently given the role.
Maguire has amassed more than 170 appearances for Manchester United since his £80 million ($105 million, 93 million euros) transfer from Leicester in 2019.
However, in the past two seasons, Maguire has been subject to ridicule on social media due to some notable mistakes while representing United. Despite this, he has consistently been a regular player for the England national team under the management of Gareth Southgate.