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Manchester United: Harry Maguire should be stripped of captaincy, says Paul Parker

Harry Maguire should be stripped of the Manchester United captaincy because he’s not ‘a good fit’ and giving it to him last year ‘didn’t make any sense,’ says former title winner Paul Parker


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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to strip Harry Maguire of the Manchester United captaincy because he is “not a good candidate” and the decision to promote him “made no sense,” says former United champion Paul Parker.

Maguire was elevated to captaincy following Ashley Young’s departure to Inter Milan in January 2020.

The £ 80 million defender – a world record fee of course – is an established international with England, but for Parker, he doesn’t fit the profile required to captaining a club as big as Manchester United.

Harry Maguire (right) should take away Manchester United captaincy, says Paul Parker

Harry Maguire (right) should take away Manchester United captaincy, says Paul Parker

“Manchester United gave Harry Maguire the captain’s armband too early,” Parker said.

‘It surprised a lot of people, it didn’t make any sense and it hasn’t been a good match from day one.

“With captains, it’s not about who has the highest transfer fee or who is the best player. There is much more than that.

Maguire (right) has been United's captain since Ashley Young left in January 2020

Maguire (right) has been United's captain since Ashley Young left in January 2020

Maguire (right) has been United’s captain since Ashley Young left in January 2020

“He is not the right player to be captain of Manchester United at the moment and he has many things in his game that need to be rectified.”

Maguire was criticized after the 5-0 humiliation at home to Liverpool in which he said he was ‘only here because I have to be’ at his post-match press conference.

United’s form has been dismal this season and, entering the international break, they sat sixth in the Premier League.

Six losses in his last 12 in all competitions have increased the pressure on Solskjaer and his players, with Parker among those questioning whether Maguire is returning the club’s considerable investment.

Parker feels another player would be a better fit as United captain rather than Maguire

Parker feels another player would be a better fit as United captain rather than Maguire

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Parker (left) feels the decision to make Maguire captain ‘made no sense’ at the time

Parker, talking to BonusCodeBets He added: ‘The amount of money Manchester United paid for Maguire was too much.

“ They wanted to buy it, they made a great song and danced on the fee and then they delivered on it and they really paid for it.

“People say he had a great summer for England, but his only real test was in the final against Italy, and he found himself in a poor position against them.”

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