It’s safe to assume that Harry Maguire is presently wearing the Manchester United captain’s armband.
His performance levels as United’s captain have been below par, and the weight of expectation he feels as the club’s face is palpable.
Reds fans have been calling for Maguire to be replaced as captain, as evidenced by their rating the centre defender as the club’s worst player this season.
While Maguire has struggled, Erik ten Hag appears to have won over the United board of directors, who are seeking for a permanent replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the Old Trafford management favors Ten Hag as the next United manager.
With a new manager comes fresh ideas, and a captaincy change is undoubtedly on the Dutchman’s agenda.
Ten Hag has already hinted at what he is seeking for in a replacement for the United skipper.
When Matthijs de Ligt was appointed captain at Ajax in 2019, he informed Fox Sports about his criteria for selecting a captain.
“I wanted his attitude to be communicated to the team,” remarked Ten Hag.