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“We Have a Captain”: Manchester United Manager Deals a Blow to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Captaincy Hopes

Published 02/20/2022, 1:44 PM EST

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Manchester United have had a topsy-turvy season so far with various low and high points. They are finally on a good run again in the Premier League and have got their forwards firing again. However, Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t had the best time at the club.

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Ronaldo re-joined United amidst much fanfare, and while he has been the club’s top scorer in the Premier League (along with international teammate Bruno Fernandes), he hasn’t matched his high standards. Moreover, there have been a few problems in the dressing room as well, given Ronaldo’s stature in the world of football.


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Ralf Rangnick talks about the captain’s armband

United manager Ralf Rangnick had reportedly asked Ronaldo to mentor the young players in the squad. This started a few rumors about United’s captain Harry Maguire not being happy with Ronaldo’s presence, and also a few extreme ones about Rangnick giving the captain’s armband to Maguire.

However, the German manager came forward to decline any possibility of taking the captain’s armband away from Maguire and revealed that the Englishman will be the captain of the club till the end of the season. Additionally, he didn’t specify if that would change next season and said that it didn’t matter.


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About the captaincy, we have a captain with Harry Maguire. He will be the captain until the end of the season for sure. What will happen in the next one, two, or three years? I don’t know. That is not of any importance,” Rangnick said.


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Harry Maguire denies having a problem with Cristiano Ronaldo

Maguire was also quick to deny all rumors in a tweet made on his Twitter account. The defender said that any reports of a rift between him and Ronaldo weren’t true and that he wasn’t going to address it anymore. Moreover, he added that the squad was united and focused on the upcoming game against Leeds United.


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I’ve seen a lot of reports about this club that aren’t true and this is another. Not going to start posting about everything that is written but I needed to make this one clear. We’re united and focused on Sunday. Enjoy your day everyone,” Maguire said.

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Aniket Awasthi


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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.
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