Harry Maguire’s future at Manchester United will be under the microscope this summer as they chase world-class centre-back… following claims his team-mates are questioning his place in the side
- Harry Maguire’s future at Manchester United will be thrown into further doubt
- The Red Devils are looking to sign a world-class centre-back in the summer
- Plus, some players feel he has been fortunate to keep his place in the side
- Antonio Rudiger could be an option if he doesn’t agree a new terms at Chelsea
- While Barcelona’s young Uruguayan defender Ronald Araujo is also an option
Harry Maguire’s future at Manchester United will come under even greater scrutiny in the summer with the club planning to sign a world-class centre-back.
More doubts emerged over Maguire’s form and captaincy on Thursday amid claims that his United teammates are questioning why he continues to be picked by interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
Maguire was rested for last weekend’s goalless draw with Watford – when Raphael Varane played alongside Victor Lindelof in central defence – and it remains to be seen if he is reinstated for Sunday’s Manchester derby at the Etihad.
Harry Maguire could be under pressure for his place in the Man United team next season
Rangnick has been publicly supportive of Maguire, but it’s understood that a new centre-back will be high on United’s list of targets in the summer.
Antonio Rudiger could be an option if the Germany international doesn’t agree a new contract at Chelsea, while Barcelona’s young Uruguayan defender Ronald Araujo is among the other names being linked with a move to Old Trafford.
United’s plans to strengthen in central defence – Eric Bailly and Phil Jones also face uncertain futures at the club – are bound to cast further doubt over Maguire’s situation.
It has been claimed that a number of players are not happy with how Maguire is performing
Antonio Rudiger could be an option for United if he doesn’t agree a new terms at Chelsea
It is complicated by the fact that he is United’s captain and the most expensive centre-back in world football following a £80million move from Leicester in 2019.
But the England international’s form has dipped alarmingly this season and even Rangnick admitted recently that Maguire has suffered some ‘weaker moments’.
Reports on how Thursday claimed that United players are privately questioning Maguire’s place in the team and believe that his performances are not up to standard.
Meanwhile, Barcelona’s young Uruguayan defender Ronald Araujo is also named as an option
It remains to be seen as to whether Maguire will feature against Manchester City
Sportsmail understands that Maguire has upset a number of teammates this season by openly blaming them on the pitch for making mistakes when his own form has been so erratic, and by some of his critical post-match comments to the media.
United and Maguire have dismissed speculation over a power struggle between the former Hull player and Cristiano Ronaldo, with Rangnick insisting that his captain will keep the armband until the end of the season.
But the situation beyond then is less clear as United prepare to replace Rangnick with a permanent manager and embark on a busy summer in the transfer market.