United signed Maguire from Leicester back in the summer transfer window of 2019, with the 28-year-old moving to Old Trafford in a £80million deal.
Yet his performances have been inconsistent during that time and this season in particular.
United have endured a horrendous campaign so far, with their hopes of Premier League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup glory already over.
And The Mirror have revealed that there’s a genuine chance Maguire could be stripped of the captaincy until the end of the season.
It’s stated by the publication that there’s an ‘expectancy’ within the club’s dressing room that Cristiano Ronaldo will end up taking the honour.
Maguire is reluctant to be temporarily demoted, with the England international fearful he’d lose the armband permanently if he gives it up now.
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Maguire became captain following the departure of Ashley Young two years ago, despite being relatively new at the club.
Another member of the team criticised some of his team-mates for lacking motivation during training sessions, too.
And a separate star turned on Solskjaer over his team selection, directly ‘grilling’ the 48-year-old over his reluctance to drop underperforming players.
Solskjaer was able to buy himself some time after United beat Tottenham 3-0 in north London.
But he lost his job in November, less than 24 hours after his side’s chastening 4-1 defeat away at Watford.
Now, it’ll be interesting to see how Rangnick handles the situation.
The German would risk Maguire’s mood plummeting, something he can’t afford as he tries to steer the club into next season’s Champions League.
But it seems like only a matter of time before Ronaldo becomes United’s captain, 14 years after he first wore the armband for the club.
Speaking recently, though, Rangnick insisted he saw no reason to strip Maguire of the role – despite his poor performances this term.
“I think when he came back after his injury he did extremely well,” he said.
“He had a very good performance, a very good game against West Ham.
“In the past two games, yeah he had some weaker moments, against Southampton and when we conceded the goal at Burnley, but he’s our captain and I don’t see any reason to change that.”
Rangnick then added: “He’s a player who has to develop, get better, like all the other players.
“The way that we are playing now is new also to him because in the English national team he was used to playing in a back three and here at Manchester United, in most cases a back four, but still not being as proactive, not with that kind of rest defence always being on the front foot when we are trying to defend.
“This is something also new to him and it will also take some time for him to get used to that, to get adjusted to that.”
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