Erik ten Hag asked if Harry Maguire will continue as Manchester United captain next season

Erik ten Hag asked if Harry Maguire will continue as Manchester United captain next season

Erik ten Hag refused to confirm whether or not Harry Maguire will remain as Manchester United captain under him next season.

Former Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed Maguire from Leicester City for a reported £80million in 2019.

A few months into his first season at Old Trafford and the departure of Ashley Young, former United’s skipper to Inter Milan, the Norwegian named him as the club captain.

Several pundits and fans criticised Solskjaer over his decision to hand the club’s armband to a player who only arrived at the club, whereas they were a few senior players who deserved the honour.

A lot has been said about Maguire’s leadership skills, with many fans begging the club to strip the captaincy of the England international.

Asked if Harry Maguire will be his captain at United, the 52-year-old said: “I have to repeat, next season is a different season.

“He’s done a good job, he is a great player, he’s achieved a lot and his contribution to Manchester United, so I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Erik ten Hag did not confirm whether Harry Maguire will continue as Manchester United captain
Erik ten Hag did not confirm whether Harry Maguire will continue as Manchester United captain

Donny van de Beek, who scored Everton’s only goal against Arsenal on Sunday, is expected to return to Manchester United after completing his loan spell at Goodison Park.

The former Ajax player struggled for game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick but is expected to get a fresh chance to impress Erik ten Hag.

“We had a fantastic squad at that time in Ajax, I really had a good relationship with him,” Ten Hag said when asked of the Netherlands international. “Of course, I’m looking forward to meeting him again on the pitch.”

On whether he has plans for Cristiano Ronaldo, the former Ajax boss continued: “Of course.”

Asked what will the Portuguese star bring at Manchester United,” Ten Hag said: “Goals.”