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Harry Maguire applauded for ‘classy’ response after losing Manchester United captaincy

A bitter pill to swallow, no doubt, but handled very well.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 17th July 2023
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Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has officially been stripped of his captaincy at Old Trafford and while most fans feel it’s the right decision, he is being applauded for handling the situation so gracefully.

The Man United and England star has had a turbulent past couple of seasons, to say the least, struggling for both form and confidence and ultimately being dropped to the bench behind first-choice centre-back pairing, Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane.

As a result of playing fewer games this past season, in particular, many United fans had already speculated that Maguire would be losing his captaincy imminently with Bruno Fernandes having effectively already taken over for the past year or so.

That being said, the 30-year-old confirmed the news himself on social media on Sunday, explaining that following a conversation with manager Erik ten Hag, he will be giving up the captain’s armband and despite being “extremely disappointed”, has assured he will “continue to give [his] all”.

As detailed in his full statement, Maguire says, “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.

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“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 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.”

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Just as he expressed his gratitude towards the supporters, the fan base has equally praised the struggling centre-back for his “classy” and “mature” response, drawing a very obvious contrast to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo’s handling of his own situation last season.

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As for Maguire’s future at the club, having now clearly been outlined as a rotation player rather than in the first-choice starting 11, everything is still very much up in the air.

The former Leicester man was reported to have been training “three times a day” earlier this month as he prepares to either fight for his place or make himself an attractive prospect for other teams; the likes of Everton, West Ham and even his previous club have all been suggested as possible destinations.

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Regarding the armband itself, it seems likely that Bruno Fernandes will continue to wear the armband for the foreseeable, though no announcement is expected to be made until after United’s next pre-season game against Lyon on Wednesday, with the full squad having now returned to training.

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Featured Image — Harry Maguire (via Instagram)