Harry Maguire has been told by a former Manchester United captain to present up the armband and get his game right again. The England international had a miserable season at club level last yr after suffering a severe lack of form as United struggled to compete for the highest 4 places.
And this summer that spilled over into his England performances to such an extent he was booed onto the sphere in his final appearance against Hungary at Molineux. With all of the off-field shenanigans that has gone on at Old Trafford within the last 12 months including dressing room rows and a change of manager, Maguire has struggled to carry things together after a meteoric rise to the highest of the sport which really only began on the 2018 World Cup finals.
Now Mikael Silvestre, the previous France international who wore the armband sporadically during his nine years at Manchester United, has floated the thought of him relinquishing the role to present himself a likelihood to get his game head back on straight again. “It is hard,” the 44-year-old former left-back said.
“It’s a double challenge. Because before being a captain, it’s essential be a technical leader – and which means playing at your best.
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“Leadership comes second. But I feel he’s aware of his situation and he knows exactly where he’s when it comes to his performances, so hopefully a superb break mentally, with a latest manager and a latest dynamic, that can help him to return to his best.”
Silvestre added that Maguire should feel no shame within the move. With loads of other candidates on the club, it is just on this country that such a giant deal is manufactured from the person wearing the armband.
“We make loads, especially in England, of who’s captain of the team or not,” he said. “I don’t know why there’s a lot give attention to that, because when you have got Cristiano Ronaldo, David de Gea and Bruno Fernandes, you have got several ‘captains’ when it comes to material.
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“So it does probably not matter. If you have got a British international in your squad and he’s able to being captain, it is nice for the identity of the club.
“Nevertheless it isn’t a necessity. So for Harry I’d say an important thing could be to get back to basics and turn out to be again a really, superb defender.”
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