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Harry Maguire confirms he has been stripped of Manchester United captaincy

Manchester United star Harry Maguire has on Sunday confirmed that, moving forward, he will no longer act as the club’s captain.

Stopper Maguire, of course, is fresh off a largely disappointing campaign at Old Trafford.

Owing to the arrival of Lisandro Martinez, the former Leicester City standout was knocked down the central defensive pecking order under the watch of new head coach Erik ten Hag.

This, in turn, culminated in Maguire being afforded starts in just eight of United’s 38 Premier League outings.

Not only that, but, even on those rare occasions he was given the chance to impress, the England international struggled, regularly singled out for criticism on the part of the Red Devils faithful.

With the powers that be on the red half of Manchester understood to be on the lookout for yet another central defender, and West Ham expressing a keen interest in Maguire’s signature, it should therefore perhaps come as little surprise, this evening, to hear of the 30-year-old being officially stripped of his role as club captain.

After making clear his ‘disappointment’ with the decision of boss Ten Hag, the defender sent thank you messages to both the United faithful and former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, before assuring that he intends to provide his ‘full support’ to the next player honoured with the armband:

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Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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