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Ralf Rangnick blasts 'nonsense' rumours of captaincy row at Man Utd

Tom Gott
Ralf Rangnick is not impressed with the stories doing the media rounds
Ralf Rangnick is not impressed with the stories doing the media rounds / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages
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Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has hit out at reports suggesting he is looking to limit captain Harry Maguire's role in the dressing room following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Marcus Rashford and Fred have already dismissed rumours of a divide behind the scenes, and Maguire himself chimed in on Friday morning to discredit suggestions he had clashed with Ronaldo over the pair's respective roles at the club.

Rangnick was asked for his opinion on the stories during Friday's press conference, and he did not hesitate to rubbish them.

"This is absolutely nonsense," he said. "I have never spoken to any player about a chance in captaincy, Harry is aware of that and so is Cristiano.

"It's me who decides who is captain and I don't have to talk to anyone else about that. Harry is our captain and he will stay our captain."

Rangnick continued: "I'm not frustrated [by the rumours] because it's not the truth. Harry is the captain, it's not an issue and hasn't been an issue. My full focus is preparing the team in training for the next game. I have heard what is written, I can only tell you from my personal experience.

"There were players unhappy until the close of the window because the squad was too big and players weren't getting game time.

"The atmosphere in the dressing room is better than it was a few weeks ago for that reason. It's about performing well, togetherness on the pitch and winning games. They are the things we can influence."

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