Maguire pick next man utd captain clear after Ten Hag's old Trafford cull

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has stripped Harry Maguire of the captaincy - with Bruno Fernandes and Casemiro in the frame to succeed the England international
A new Manchester United captain will be named shortly - but who will get the nod?

United boss Erik ten Hag stripped Harry Maguire of the armband on Sunday after the Englishman lost his place in the starting XI last season. The 30-year-old has admitted he's "extremely disappointed with the decision" and it's unclear where his future lies.

Bruno Fernandes captained United for most of last term and he could be Maguire's choice to take the armband. Speaking to the club's media team in 2021, Maguire was asked to name the leaders in the dressing room under previous manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Maguire named five players - Fernandes, Axel Tuanzebe, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and David de Gea. Fernandes is the only one of those five stars still at Old Trafford, with the other four leaving the club during Ten Hag's time in charge.

"It's something that did get brought up in the media, about leadership at this club - but for sure, it’s the best leadership group I’ve been involved in at a club," Maguire told the UTD Podcast in 2021. "We have a lot of leaders in the dressing room, a lot of senior pros.

"And you don’t have to be a senior pro to be a leader. Axel is a leader, in the ways that he works and speaks in the dressing room. And he’s only a young boy, he’s still learning his trade - I’m sure he’ll go on to have an unbelievable career.

"I think we have a lot of leaders. There’s Bruno, who has come in and made a massive impact at the club, results-wise but also off the field. Nemanja, Juan, David - they’ve been at the club a while now. There’s definitely a lot of leaders in the dressing room."

Bruno Fernandes is likely to be Erik ten Hag's new captain

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Matic and Mata were handed free transfers by Ten Hag after his appointment a year ago, while Tuanzebe and De Gea were released this summer. Maguire could also complete a transfer shortly, with West Ham, Tottenham, Newcastle and Chelsea interested.

Fernandes is the favourite to be named United's captain, with Casemiro also in the frame. A new skipper is likely to be announced before United's pre-season friendly against Premier League rivals Arsenal in the United States on Saturday.

Maguire revealed his axing as captain on social media. He wrote: "After discussions with the manager today, he has informed me he is changing captain.

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