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Cristiano Ronaldo 'could replace' Harry Maguire as Man Utd captain

Tom Gott
Ronaldo could replace Maguire as captain
Ronaldo could replace Maguire as captain / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has been tipped to strip Harry Maguire of the captain's armband and hand it to Cristiano Ronaldo instead.

Ten Hag has refused to commit to Maguire publicly and there have been numerous reports that the centre-back could lose both the captaincy and his place as a permanent starter, with a new defender on the club's summer shopping list.

Should he look for a new captain, Ten Hag would not have too many options. United's squad isn't exactly full of veteran experience, with Ronaldo and David de Gea the only real candidates for the role, and the Daily Star believe the armband could go to the former.

Ronaldo is expected to meet with Ten Hag on Monday as United return to pre-season training to discuss a range of things, including the 37-year-old's role and Ten Hag's future transfer plans.

Listen now to 90min's Manchester United podcast, The Promised Land, with Scott Saunders & Rob Blanchette. On this week's show they discuss the possibility of both Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt landing at the club this summer, plus Cristiano Ronaldo & the Glazers.

United are yet to make any new signings this summer and Ronaldo is rumoured to be concerned by the inactivity, particularly as most of their rivals have already been hard at work.

The duo could discuss Frenkie de Jong, who is Ten Hag's top target. 90min understands United are close to a deal to sign the Barcelona midfielder, with an offer of £69m only marginally below the Blaugrana's asking price.

United officials have told Ten Hag that a deal is close to completion, with the Red Devils hoping to wrap things up this week.