Ronaldo could secure Man Utd captaincy to relieve "pressure" from Harry Maguire

Cristiano Ronaldo could secure the Manchester United captaincy to relieve the "pressure" on Harry Maguire.

That is according to former United midfielder Jonathan Greening, who spent three years at Old Trafford after signing from York City in 1998.

Maguire was made captain under former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer back in January 2020, taking over from Ashley Young following his departure.

However, Greening has now argued that new interim manager Ralf Rangnick could choose to relieve Maguire of his duties and hand the armband to Ronaldo, who has captained the Portugal national team on a record 126 occasions since first doing so in 2007.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Sport, Greening said: “It’s a lot of responsibility being the captain of Manchester United. I had some unbelievable captains like Roy Keane and Bryan Robson. It’s not easy.

"There's a lot of pressure, a lot of interviews and a lot of people asking questions, especially if you’re not playing very well.

“Harry Maguire is a very emotional person, as we saw with his celebration for England when he was gesturing to shut everyone up.

"You don’t move for a fee of £75 million if you’re not a top player and you don’t move to a club like Manchester United either. He plays almost every game for England and United when he’s fit so the talent is there.

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“He has been off the boil for the last few months and that could be the pressure of the captaincy.

“United don’t have players like Roy Keane or Jaap Stam who have the bite and leadership skills to drag everyone around and shout at people.

"There don’t seem to be many in the squad who can do that."

As a result, Greening feels that if Rangnick chooses to start Ronaldo in his United team, then he could make the five-time Ballon d'Or winner his new captain.

"If he [Rangnick] does want to play Ronaldo, one of the best players in the world, the captain of Portugal, someone whose played in so many big tournaments and Champions League finals," added Greening.

"So he could decide that Ronaldo is going to be captain and be one of the main players and Harry Maguire can just concentrate on being a centre half and stopping goals.”

Rangnick will not be in the dugout for Thursday night's clash with Arsenal and will take charge of his first match against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday after receiving his work permit.

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