Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire fight over club captaincy

February 19, 2022

Harry Maguire has publicly dismissed reports of a “power struggle” with Cristiano Ronaldo over the Manchester United captaincy.

A story published by The Mirror described how Maguire is said to be undermined by Ronaldo’s influence in the dressing room.

But Maguire took to Twitter on Friday morning to deny there is disharmony among the players at Old Trafford.

“I’ve seen a lot of reports about this club that aren’t true and this is another,” Maguire wrote.

“Not going to start posting about everything that is written but I needed to make this one clear. We’re united and focused on Sunday. Enjoy your day everyone.”

In his pre-match press conference ahead the Super Sunday clash against Leeds, live on Sky Sports, manager Ralf Rangnick said: “This is absolutely nonsense. I’ve never spoken to any player about a possible change of captaincy. Harry’s fully aware of that and so is Cristiano Ronaldo and all the other players.

“This has never been an issue for me. It is me who decides the captain and there is no reason for me to speak about that with any other person. Harry is our captain and will remain the case until the end of the season. There is nothing else to add on to that.”

Asked if he was frustrated by the rumours, Rangnick said: “I’m not frustrated at all as I know it’s not the truth. It’s never been an issue for me. All the other things I don’t pay attention to.