Rangnick urges Harry Maguire to "get better" after producing some "weaker moments"

Ralf Rangnick accepts that Harry Maguire has to “get better” after enduring some “weaker moments” in recent matches.

Manchester United’s captain was dragged out of position and punished by Jay Rodriguez against Burnley, and he also had a difficult time containing Southampton’s physical striker Armando Broja.

Both Rodriguez and Broja have exposed the England international’s lack of pace and dragged him into areas where he doesn’t feel comfortable.

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United’s number five is vulnerable when tasked defending one-v-one. He’s very much an aggressive defender who doesn’t possess the recovery pace to deal with runs in-behind.

Ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash against Brighton, Rangnick was asked about his captain’s form in recent matches.

The German accepted that the former Leicester City man like the rest of the team has to improve, but the 63-year-old felt that Maguire is having to adapt to the new way the interim boss wants his side to play.

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Speaking via the club’s official website, Rangnick said: “Well, I think after he came back after his injury, he did extremely well – he had a very good performance, a very good game against West Ham.

“In the last two games, yes, he had some weaker moments, both against Southampton and when we conceded the goal against Burnley.

“But, again, he is our captain, and I don’t see any reason to change that. He is also a player who has to develop, get better, like all the other players.

“The way that we are playing now is new also for him, because for the English national team he is used to playing in a back three and for Manchester United, in most cases in a back four, but also being proactive, not with that kind of rest defence.

“[Our style is about] always being on the front foot when we are trying to defend, and this is something also new to him. It will also take some time for him to get used to that, to adjust to that, and this is all I can say to that.”

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Rangnick speaks about Maguire needing time to adapt, but United don’t have that luxury.

With United engulfed in a battle to finish fourth and the Reds facing Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last-16 first leg next week, the Red Devils need Harry Maguire to start producing commanding performances on a regular basis.

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