Harry Maguire’s place in the starting XI at Manchester United has reportedly been questioned by other players in the squad.
The 28-year-old’s form this season has been mixed at best, with poor displays in the home draws against Burnley and Southampton.
Maguire also let Joao Felix run off him for Atletico Madrid’s goal in the two sides’ Champions League last-16 first-leg tie last week.
And all this has prompted players to discuss Maguire’s ongoing selection by boss Ralf Rangnick at the club’s Carrington training ground.
Support for Maguire
For his part, Rangnick has stood up for Maguire in public, doing so most recently last month when he laughed off claims of a change in captaincy.
“I have never spoken to any player about a chance in captaincy, Harry is aware of that and so is Cristiano [Ronaldo, who was rumoured to be in the frame for the armband],” said the German interim boss.
“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.
“I don’t see any reason to change that. He is also a player who has to develop and get better like all the other players.
“The way we are playing now is new to him, also 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 still not being as proactive with that kind of defence when we try and be on the front foot trying to defend.
“This is something new to him and it will take some time for him to get used to that and adjust to that.”
Maguire didn’t play as United kept a clean sheet against Watford last Saturday, but he will expect to be in the team for Sunday’s cross-city derby against Manchester City.