Ralf Rangnick tipped to make Cristiano Ronaldo captaincy decision amid Harry Maguire form

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New Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has a decision to make over Harry Maguire’s captaincy and Cristiano Ronaldo could be the candidate to succeed the 28-year-old, former midfielder Jonathan Greening believes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed the Englishman the armband at the beginning of last year, but their form this season has seen them slide down the Premier League table and Maguire’s standards slip.

Prior to the previous international break, the defender was heavily scrutinised for his displays in defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City where their rivals ran riot at Old Trafford.

He missed the draw with Chelsea on Sunday through suspension after he was sent off in the 4-1 defeat to Watford – which proved to be Solskjaer’s final game.

Their dismal autumn saw United pick up just one win in seven contributing to the Norwegian’s sacking and amid the run, Leicester City, Liverpool, City and Watford collectively fired 15 goals past David de Gea.

Ralf Rangnick will take charge of the Reds on an interim basis and Greening believes that his appointment is the right opportunity to hand the armband to Cristiano Ronaldo.

“It’s a lot of responsibility being the captain of Manchester United,” he told MyBettingSites.

“I had some unbelievable captains like Roy Keane and Bryan Robson. It’s not easy. There’s a lot of pressure, a lot of interviews and a lot of people asking questions, especially if you’re not playing very well.”

“Harry Maguire is a very emotional person, as we saw with his celebration for England when he was gesturing to shut everyone up. You don’t move for a fee of £75 million if you’re not a top player and you don’t move to a club like Manchester United either. He plays almost every game for England and United when he’s fit so the talent is there.

“He has been off the boil for the last few months and that could be the pressure of the captaincy.

“United don’t have players like Roy Keane or Jaap Stam who have the bite and leadership skills to drag everyone around and shout at people. There don’t seem to be many in the squad who can do that.

“If he [Rangnick] does want to play Ronaldo, one of the best players in the world, the captain of Portugal, someone whose played in so many big tournaments and Champions League finals, he could decide that Ronaldo is going to be captain and be one of the main players and Harry Maguire can just concentrate on being a centre half and stopping goals.”

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