Man Utd news: Erik ten Hag’s captaincy options emerge as Cristiano Ronaldo choice clear


New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag could replace Harry Maguire as captain with three senior members of his squad emerging as candidates, including Cristiano Ronaldo

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Erik ten Hag sets out plans for Man Utd

Erik ten Hag has decided on three options within his squad to become Manchester United’s next captain should Harry Maguire be stripped of the armband.

Maguire is one of many United players to have endured a torrid season for the club, with the England international’s form leading to calls for him to be replaced as captain. Ten Hag is reported to be targeting a new center-back in the summer transfer window, which could lead to Maguire falling down the pecking order – something that would threaten his place as captain.

One of the three names Ten Hag has identified is Cristiano Ronaldo – who has already given his answer over whether he’d take on the role to the new United boss. Meanwhile, Ten Hag’s summer shake-up has continued with Mike Phelan set to be handed a new role at the club after being axed from the manager’s backroom team.

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Captaincy options emerge

David de Gea, Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo have been identified as Erik ten Hag’s options to replace Harry Maguire as Manchester United captain.

Maguire’s form this season has led to his captaincy being questioned, while his place in the starting XI could also be at risk if new boss Erik ten Hag brings in a new center-back this summer. That has led to Ten Hag drawing up his options should he opt to make a change, with the three senior members of United’s squad now the leading candidates to replace Maguire as captain.

But it still remains to be seen whether the new United boss will make such a big call so early into his reign.


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Ronaldo gives his answer

Cristiano Ronaldo has already told Erik ten Hag whether he would be willing to take on the Manchester United captaincy.

Ronaldo arrived back at Old Trafford last summer and quickly became a key figure within the United dressing room. The forward’s experience has been key in helping a number of United youngsters this season with Ronaldo said to have happily taken on the responsibility of being a senior member of the squad.

And Ronaldo has indicated to Ten Hag that he would be willing to replace Maguire should the United boss decide to change his captain.

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Phelan set for new role

Mike Phelan has been axed from his role in Manchester United’s backroom staff by new boss Erik ten Hag.

Phelan was an assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson during his incredibly successful spell in charge of the Red Devils, before being brought back into the fold by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 2019. But new boss Ten Hag has set about implementing his overhaul at United – and there is no space for Phelan within his backroom team.

But the 59-year-old could remain at the club, with United reportedly ready to offer him a different role at the club.

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