Ralf Rangnick denies Cristiano Ronaldo talks over replacing Harry Maguire as captain

Ralf Rangnick denies Cristiano Ronaldo talks over replacing Harry Maguire as captain

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has denied reports claiming he had talks with Cristiano Ronaldo over replacing Harry Maguire as captain.

The speculation emerged after Man United ended their three-match winless run on Tuesday night when they beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 at Old Trafford.

The Mirror claim that Rangnick held talks with Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire about Maguire stepping down as the Manchester United captain, with the idea that the centre-back would focus on bouncing back to his top form.

David McDonnell, The Mirror’s journalist, further claimed that Harry Maguire refused to give up United’s captaincy until the end of the season, over fears he may never get the chance again to lead The Reds out of the tunnel.

McDonnell concluded that it is inevitable to many that summer signing, Cristiano Ronaldo, would be named as Manchester United captain ahead of next season.

Speaking ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Elland Road to face Leeds United on Sunday in the Premier League, Ralf Rangnick described the speculation as ‘absolutely nonsense’, insisting that he has never had any talk with any Man United player about stripping Maguire of United’s captaincy.

Ralf Rangnick denies the reports claiming Cristiano Ronaldo will replace Harry Maguire as Manchester United captain
Ralf Rangnick denies the reports claiming Cristiano Ronaldo will replace Harry Maguire as Manchester United captain

On the speculation, the German boss said: “I must say it is absolutely nonsense. I have never spoken with any player about the possible change of captaincy.

“It’s me who decides who is captain and I don’t have to talk to anyone else about that. Harry [Maguire] is our captain and he will stay our captain.”

Harry Maguire denies David McDonnell’s claim, insisting that the speculation are ‘not true’.

“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 💪🏻 @ManUtd.”