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Harry Maguire Stripped Of Manchester United Captaincy As Dark Cloud Looms Over His Future

With his future in limbo, England regular Harry Maguire was removed as captain of Manchester United captain by manager Erik ten Hag.

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Harry Maguire of Manchester United.
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With his future in limbo, England regular Harry Maguire was removed as captain of Manchester United captain by manager Erik ten Hag.

The Englishman was made the skipper of the club by Ten Hag's predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 2020. However, Maguire has been in and out of the team under Ten Hag.

The England centre-back said that he was "extremely disappointed" but will "continue to give my all" in the shirt of Manchester United.

Maguire started only eight games in the PL last season as the Dutch manager preffered the partnership of Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane over him.

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“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,” Maguire said.

“I wish whoever now takes it on every success and they will have my full support.”

In Maguire’s absence from the side last season, Bruno Fernandes was most frequently appointed captain and the Portugal midfielder is expected to be given the permanent role.

“Everyone at Manchester United thanks Harry for his contribution as captain over the past three and a half years,” United said in a statement. “The manager will announce the new captain in due course, after he has informed the players.”

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Maguire has made over 170 appearances for United since being signed from Leicester for 80 million pounds (now $105 million) in 2019.

Maguire hasn't been a 'hit' amongst the Old Trafford faithful and his departure would not diminish the club's hopes of aiming a silverware either. Former Leicester City-defender has been linked to West Ham United off late but with time on his side, Maguire's final destination remains a mystery."
(With AP inputs)

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