Ralf Rangnick must follow the lead of Man Utd icon Sir Alex Ferguson and make a ruthless appeal
Ralf Rangnick may have to take inspiration from Sir Alex Ferguson in his handling of Harry Maguire following question marks raised by his Manchester United team-mates
Under Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United were revered for their cruelty.
The legendary Scotsman has always ensured that decisions are made in the best interest of the club and in order to persevere to the impeccably high standards.
Now, as Harry Maguire finds himself in the spotlight and scrutinized by his own peers as well as pundits, the club must learn from his past and act decisively.
United’s current captain has proven this season he’s not the right man to lead the Red Devils forward and should be taken out of the firing line, in the best interests of United and Maguire himself.
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Weeks after reports the 28-year-old found himself embroiled in a power struggle with Cristiano Ronaldo over the club’s captaincy, it has now emerged that the centre-back’s status at that United side has been downgraded. questioned by his own comrades.
According to The Times, several members of Ralf Rangnick’s ranks privately dispute Maguire’s continued selection, with many believing his performances this campaign have fallen short of those expected at the club.
Doubts over his position have reportedly rumbled since a hostile squad meeting following United’s terrible 4-2 defeat at the hands of Maguire’s former employers Leicester City last October.
Rangnick has defended his decision to back his captain for the past few weeks, but the latest revelation will surely help to force his hand.
He said last month: “Harry was injured. He came back and had a good game against West Ham and I’m pretty sure he can play at the same level.
“The way we play now is new for him, also because in the English national team he’s used to playing in a back three and here at Manchester United in a back four, but he’s still not also proactive with this type of defense when we try to be on the front foot trying to defend.
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“It’s something new for him and it will take him some time to get used to it and adapt to it.
“He’s our captain and I don’t see any reason to change that. He’s also a player who needs to develop and improve like all the other players.”
Maguire’s struggles this season have been well documented and with that in mind, the German’s line of thinking may have been to persist with the defender in order to protect him.
However, following revelations that even his teammates are having doubts about his current form, it might be best to remove him from the spotlight altogether.
While this is not a call for United to consider Maguire a mistake, it is simply a cry for the club to make a statement of intent by removing him as captain in a bid to ease the pressure. on him.
Club standards have undeniably fallen since Ferguson ended his illustrious career, but United now have the opportunity to take a stand.
Their management of Maguire over the next few weeks will say a lot about where the club is now and where they hope to go, but it is the past that they should look to.
While one can only speculate which line Ferguson would have taken, his reputation for rocking the boat and putting the club before the players is in itself telling.
Maguire has proven he’s not the man to lead United and even his peers can see that.
Now it’s up to Rangnick to recognize that and replicate Ferguson’s ruthless approach.