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

Ralph Rangnick insists he will not take the Manchester United captaincy from Harry Maguire, despite calls for Cristiano Ronaldo to take the captaincy after his scathing comments on his teammates.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo issued a rallying cry to his Man United teammates this week
  • The Portuguese star urged them to secure at least third place this season
  • United fans now desperately need Ronaldo to replace Harry Maguire as captain
  • But Ralph Rangnick has ruled out sacking Maguire as captain anytime soon











Ralph Rangnick has no plans to replace Harry Maguire as Manchester United captain despite calls for Cristiano Ronaldo to take the captaincy after his sensational comments this week.

Ronaldo called on his teammates to step up their game and secure a third-place finish in an exciting interview with Sky Sports, while also noting that the club’s younger players are struggling to accept the criticism behind the scenes.

His words have certainly impressed Old Trafford faithful, who now want Rangnick to make him captain on a permanent basis.

Ralph Rangnick has said he has no plans to replace Harry Maguire as Manchester United captain

United fans want Cristiano Ronaldo to become a captain after his explosive interview

United fans want Cristiano Ronaldo to become a captain after his explosive interview

The Portuguese star recently led the team in Maguire’s absence, but Rangnick sees no reason to replace his current captain upon his return from injury.

“At the moment, I don’t see a reason to do that because Harry has been the captain so far and as long as Harry plays he will be the captain,” the United interim boss said.

And if he doesn’t play, someone else will have to be the leader. This can change from game to game depending on who is just playing.

Not just our Cristiano. Edinson [Cavani], we’ve got. Harry, we have quite a few older players, David de Gea in goal, Victor Lindelof, Bruno [Fernandes].

But Rangnick has no plans to make Ronaldo the permanent captain of the Red Devils anytime soon

But Rangnick has no plans to make Ronaldo the permanent captain of the Red Devils anytime soon

“We have enough older players who can not only set an example for themselves in training, on the court and in games, but also in all those conversations that happen in the locker room or when they are together at the hotel for outdoor matches or at home games, This must happen.

In a team, in a unified team it happens automatically and I can just invite and challenge and tell all the players, as well as the older players, to do it on a regular basis because it helps more with the team that we have right now.”

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

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

Instead, United's interim boss has called on all of his top players to be leaders of the club

Instead, United’s interim boss has called on all of his top players to be leaders of the club

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