Rangnick to stand by Maguire ahead of Brighton clash

Harry Maguire Manchester United

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick says he has no plans to strip Harry Maguire of the captaincy at Old Trafford as the club prepare to face Brighton in the Premier League on Tuesday (Man Utd 3/4, Draw 11/4, Brighton 4/1) – match result).

The England international has come under criticism recently due to his below-par performances.

Rangnick says Maguire is struggling to adapt to his playing style, but the German says he will not be stripped of the armband, despite recent media reports.

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He told reporters: “In the last two games, he had some weaker moments both against Southampton and when we conceded the goal against Burnley.

“The way we are playing now is new to him because, in the English national team, he is used to playing in a back three and here at Manchester United in a back four – but not being as proactive with that kind of defence when we try and be on the front foot.

“This is something new to him, and it will take some time for him to get used to that and adjust to that.”

Maguire is expected to start Tuesday’s game at Old Trafford as the Red Devils try to return to winning ways at the expense of Brighton.

Rangnick’s side (15/8 to finish in the top four) are winless in three in all competitions, while the Seagulls have only lost one of their previous 11 in the Premier League.

Brighton boss Graham Potter has the same squad available to him following the 2-0 success over Watford, with Enock Mwepu and Jeremy Sarmiento the only absentees.

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