Manchester United legend Gary Neville has praised Harry Maguire’s attitude after he was axed as club captain.

The Red Devils confirmed via the club website that Harry Maguire will no longer be the club captain following talks with manager Erik ten Hag.

Maguire described it as a ‘privilege’ to captain Manchester United and said he was ‘extremely disappointed’ to no longer have the opportunity.

He went on to add he will continue to give everything as a Manchester United player, indicating he won’t be sulking despite the personal blow.

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Gary Neville reaction

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville left a message on Maguire’s Instagram feed in response to a lengthy statement put out by the defender.

Neville praised Harry Maguire’s attitude, writing, ‘Amazing response’.

Erik ten Hag took the decision to remove Harry Maguire as captain as he is no longer a first team regular at Manchester United.

He started only eight Premier League games last season and was left on the substitutes bench for both cup finals.

There are questions over Maguire’s future at the club, which will be guided by what, if any, offers Manchester United receive for the defender.

But while he is here, the England international will continue to give his all and do his best for the team, and who knows, may even be better without the added weight of the captaincy hanging over him.

Harry Maguire statement in full

“After discussions with the manager today he has informed me he is changing captain. He outlined his reasons to me and whilst I’m personally extremely disappointed, I will continue to give my all every time I wear the shirt.

“So I wanted to say a massive thank you to the Manchester United fans for all their brilliant support whilst I’ve been wearing the armband.

“Since the day I took on the role, three and half years ago, it’s been a huge privilege to lead Manchester United and one of the proudest moments of my career to date. It’s one of the greatest honours in club football. I’ve done everything I possibly could to help United be successful – on and off the field.

“I will always be grateful to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for first giving me the responsibility and I wish whoever now takes it on every success and they will have my full support.”

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