Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has backed Harry Maguire as United’s captain, but has urged Cristiano Ronaldo to step in. The former England international also urged Zidane Iqbal to quit his role as United’s captain. Erik ten Hag also insists the team needs to strengthen their forward line. Read on to find out why.
Harry Maguire should step down
It’s no surprise that Micah Richards, an ex-Manchester City player, has called for Harry Maguire to resign as Manchester United captain next season. The Englishman has been the subject of repeated criticism this season, with fans demanding that he be dropped from the team’s top spot. Earlier this summer, Maguire was tipped to lead the side to title glory, but his performance this season has led some to call for him to be dropped.
While a stepping down from captaincy isn’t a big deal for Maguire, he does have a lot to lose. The captaincy isn’t a permanent position, and he needs to feature heavily. In the future, he can focus on improving his performances. Cristiano Ronaldo will surely be in the best form of his career, but it would be unwise to give up the captaincy just yet.
While Erik ten Hag hasn’t decided on the issue, the former Ajax star is reportedly on the club’s summer shopping list. The captaincy is not the right position for both players, and Maguire should step aside for the former. Cristiano Ronaldo, who’s been linked with the role, deserves the opportunity to lead the club.
While there are plenty of good reasons why Maguire should step down as United’s captain, it’s worth remembering that there are many other reasons why he’s been so successful this season. After all, he’s scored a number of crucial goals. Without him, Liverpool would be a lot lower in the Premier League. But the captain is often the scapegoat for a team’s problems. If this were the case with Liverpool, Jordan Henderson would be the scapegoat.
The booing at United’s pre-season friendly against Ajax on Saturday was particularly unkind to Harry Maguire. His captaincy and sex aren’t a positive sign, as many supporters believe Maguire should step down and not play a single game more for the club. Despite this, a few fans branded the teen as a joke and tagged him.
Cristiano Ronaldo should take over
Reports suggest that Cristiano Ronaldo could take over as Manchester United’s captain. This comes as Harry Maguire is not guaranteed a place in the starting line-up next season. Erik Ten Hag is also rumoured to be interested in making Cristiano the club’s new captain. While he has not confirmed his future, Ronaldo has already met with Ten Hag and discussed the captaincy. He is also said to have shown a desire to be a captain at the club.
A famous transfer source claims that the captaincy of Manchester United will be handed over to Cristiano Ronaldo. This information was gathered from external sources including the club’s discord server. United fans seem to be favouring Ronaldo for the role. It is worth mentioning that Ronaldo also captained the Portuguese national team and played in the Euro 2016 final. With such an impressive career record, the captaincy is an obvious choice for Ronaldo.
A new manager will soon be introduced at Manchester United, and the new regime will be eager to make sure that Ronaldo stays. The new manager will be able to implement the style of play that the Red Devils have been implementing under the Rangnick era. The new style of play will involve a more proactive approach to the game. The new manager is likely to try to put ten Hag at ease so that he can convince Ronaldo to stay in Manchester.
The former Portugal striker has had a great career, and has won 32 titles. His first six years at Manchester United were incredibly productive. He became a part of the team’s structure and culture and is still passionate about the club. However, he knows what expectations and standards are for the club. If he is given the chance to lead the team, he will.
In addition to being one of the club’s most prolific goal scorers, Cristiano has also been a vital part of United’s success during the last decade. However, his presence is not a guarantee for success, and the Portuguese international is unlikely to be at United next season. In order to succeed in the Premier League, the new manager must find a replacement for Ronaldo’s goals.
Zidane Iqbal should leave
The performance of the former Chelsea defender against Liverpool has ignited a debate in Manchester about whether Zidane Iqbal should leave the club. Iqbal’s performance against Liverpool, where Manchester United defeated Liverpool 4-0, has left many fans impressed. He came on as a half-time substitute and dominated the midfield, holding his own against Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara.
While Zidane Iqbal has only played once for the senior team, he has played regularly for the Under-23s and has impressed Erik ten Hag during pre-season training. The German international made a stunning cameo against Young Boys in a Champions League group-stage fixture last December. He has also impressed the manager Erik ten Hag during pre-season training and looks like a good option for the first team.
Despite a recent offer to leave Manchester United, the youngster is still a very impressive prospect. He has already played in the first team and has impressed ten Hag and his teammates. He made his first senior appearance in December, in a 1-1 draw with Young Boys. Since then, he has made his first senior appearance for his country. The future is bright for the 20-year-old.
There are several arguments in support of letting Zidane Iqbal leave Manchester United. His contract will keep him at the club until 2025, and he also has the option of signing a further year. He has made a rapid rise to stardom over the past 12 months, making his debut in the Champions League against Young Boys and his senior international debut against Iran in January. But is it really the best option?
The former Liverpool defender admitted to weighing up the pros and cons of a loan move to a European club. Manchester United have a long list of players who are ending their contracts. The club are also rumoured to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, but this deal has not been finalized. In the meantime, Iqbal could be playing for United in the Europa League and getting minutes.
Erik ten Hag insists it’s vital Manchester United strengthen their forward line
After a difficult campaign last season, Erik ten Hag is determined to make sure that misery doesn’t continue into the new campaign. After all, his main men – Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho – were all out of form. To succeed in this new role, he must ensure that those players get back on form. The former Ajax manager is looking for a range of options.
But it’s no secret that if United want to continue winning trophies, they will need to improve their attacking options. Erik ten Hag admits that United need to bolster their forward line after a difficult season. Cristiano Ronaldo has already made it clear that he wants out, and he missed the tour because he is unhappy at Old Trafford. In his absence, United have Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Anthony Elanga as their senior forward options. Junior Pedroso has been in Manchester this week to help with the club’s recruitment efforts.
One of the first moves on the Manchester United shopping list this summer should be to sign a defensive midfielder. The club is said to be keen on signing Aurelien Tchouameni or Declan Rice. Defensive midfielders are needed in Ten Hag’s system as they can perform multiple roles in midfield. Therefore, a player with the qualities of Declan Rice or Raphael Varane could thrive in his new role at Old Trafford.
The lack of a winning mentality at Manchester United has meant that the club have struggled in recent seasons. Jose Mourinho would have looked foolish if he’d suggested that the club could still challenge for a title, as the squad’s performance has been so poor. After the disappointing season in 2016, United have relied on their individual quality to get them through the season.
The Reds have struggled to score, while the second XI are struggling to get anything going. The second half saw a number of changes for Manchester United. The XI now contains a number of players who have only played one game under Ten Hag. McFred, Anthony Martial, and Charlie Savage are among the substitutes, with a handful of first team players. McFred’s addition is the biggest news in Total Football circles.