Manchester United’s new boss Erik ten Hag has reportedly scheduled one-on-one meetings with the squad. However, some players believe that this will be the Dutchman’s way of deciding whether Harry Maguire should be his captain at Old Trafford. And to make matters worse, Paul Pogba has apparently already left the club’s WhatsApp group as he prepares for a summer switch away from Old Trafford.
Manchester United confirmed last week that Ten Hag will replace Ralf Rangnick at the end of the campaign.
And now The Mirror says the 52-year-old intends to hold one-on-one meetings with the squad as he prepares for his new adventure in the Premier League.
Ten Hag wants to get to know the United squad as soon as possible, as the Dutchman is eager to hit the ground.
He plans to talk to players via Zoom, including those without a contract, such as Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Edinson Cavani.
However, some team members believe that Ten Hag will use the interviews to ‘give him an idea’ of whether Maguire will keep the armband.
The English national team player’s form has dropped alarmingly in recent months and was taken off the firing line for the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.
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And ahead of his impending exit, the 29-year-old has apparently left the club’s WhatsApp player group, which the team uses to keep in touch.
Pogba has offers from Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid as his time with the Red Devils ends.
And while he’s hoping to play again this season, that does not seem likely.
It will be a huge job for Ten Hag, who has been awkward when asked about the task.
And whether he can succeed, where his predecessors David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjær have ultimately failed, is still unknown.
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United are next in action against Chelsea on Thursday.
And United midfielder Scott McTominay, who spoke after the defeat to Arsenal, has urged his team-mates to play for pride in their upcoming matches.
“It’s pride on the pitch – give your best, everyone,” he said.
“A lot of things are happening at the moment.
“When we get back in the locker room – it’s go home and see yourself in the mirror. You can not go back to your house and be content to cash in three goals out at Arsenal as we deserved to win the match.
“For us, self-confidence, lack of self-confidence – you can see it all in the last two months.
“We had a half-decent match, but even then it is the faith that is so great in football. It just is not there.
“It’s a little ball in your performance. That’s what it’s all about – the basics of football.
“It’s hard for me to speak right now because there are so many emotions.
“It comes down to the basics and we’ll never do them well enough in big fights lately.”