Paul Merson thinks Manchester United should ditch captain Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo for Sunday’s derby against Manchester City.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been without his goal-scoring talent for a long time and has managed just one goal in his last ten games for Manchester United. Harry Maguire was left out of the starting XI in the 0-0 draw with Watford and recent reports suggest some United players are privately questioning his continued selection in the side.
Paul Merson speaks on Football Saturday:
“If the reports are correct [of players wanting Maguire dropped], that’s not nice because Maguire is a top guy and a good professional who takes care of the players. He doesn’t worry about himself and is a team player.
“But for me I don’t think he plays in this game and I would play too [Marcus] Raschford and [Anthony] Elanga. If they want to win this game, they need to play counterattacks with a lot of speed, skill and energy.
“Personally, I would leave Ronaldo out of this game. They dominated the game against Watford and had about 80 percent possession, but against City they won’t have that much possession.
“How often will they be in City’s half and dominate the ball? If you’re John Stones or Aymeric Laporte, they’d rather play Ronaldo than tag someone like Rashford. They don’t want to play against the pace.”
Manchester City will look to maintain a 3-point lead over Liverpool with a win over United.
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Manchester United manager on Harry Maguire
However, Ralf Rangnick admitted a few weeks earlier that Harry Maguire will be the Manchester United captain for as long as he is there.
Speaking about the club’s captaincy, he said: “This is absolute nonsense – I’ve never spoken to players about captaincy.”
“It was never an issue for me, I decide who becomes captain and therefore there is no reason for me to talk to anyone else about it. Harry Maguire is our captain and he will remain our captain until the end of the season.”
Harry Maguire was handed over as captain of the club by former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about two years ago, but recent media reports have suggested his authority has been undermined by the return of 37-year-old Ronaldo.
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