Manchester United: Harry Maguire booing will not happen at Old Trafford, says Ralf Rangnick
Ralf Rangnick is confident
Manchester United's fans will not turn on skipper Harry Maguire at Old Trafford
when they entertain his former club Leicester.
Rangnick said he "didn't
understand" why England fans booed Maguire's name when it was read out at
Wembley before the friendly win over Ivory Coast.
Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane led
the defence of Maguire after the game.
"He knows my position towards him,"
said Rangnick. "He's been a very valuable player for the team."
United's German interim manager,
speaking before Saturday's match (kick-off 17:30), added: "I didn't
understand what happened at Wembley but it won't happen in our stadium with the
Maguire has been the subject of a
barrage of social media criticism.
Brazilian midfielder Fred has
received similar treatment over the past few months as United have struggled to
match lofty pre-season expectations, while Rangnick said he has noted criticism
for Scott McTominay as well.
"I don't think this is a
personal thing," Rangnick said. "It isn't anything to do with Harry
himself because one or two other players have been criticised in the last few
"Fred is a very important
player for this team, playing regularly for us and Brazil. I watched his game
for them and he did well.
"Maybe it's still got to do
with the high expectations around this club and people tend to compare with
former players and legends."
Maguire, though, has already
suffered the wrath of some fans at Old Trafford this season. He was subject to
jeers when substituted late on as United were knocked out of the Champions
League on 15 March at home to Atletico Madrid in the round of 16.
United will be missing veteran
striker Edinson Cavani for the game after he suffered a calf injury during
Uruguay's World Cup win over Chile.
The 35-year-old has made just nine
appearances - and started five games - since the beginning of November due to
injury, scoring his only goal during that period against Newcastle on 27
"Edinson is injured again and
will be out for the next couple of weeks," said Rangnick.
don't want to rule anything out' - Ten Hag
United have spoken to Ajax manager Erik ten Hag about
becoming the permanent successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjear.
The Dutchman, 52, told Sport 1 in
Germany: "My focus is currently only on Ajax but in football you never
know, I don't want to rule anything out. I'm currently employed here at Ajax to
Ten Hag has won two Eredivisie
titles since taking over at Ajax in 2017 and took them to a Champions League
semi-final in 2019.
When asked about contact with
United, he said: "Everyone knows each other in the industry. There are
always talks with representatives from other clubs, that's normal.
"Manchester United is a great
club with great fans. But I can only repeat myself. My full focus is completely
on Ajax. We are already planning for the new season."
Rangnick's contract as interim
manager finishes at the end of the season, when he is expected to take up
another role at the club.
Gaal could have known' - Rangnick
Former United boss Louis van Gaal
this week suggested Ten Hag should rule out a move to the Red Devils because
they are "a commercial club".
He said his fellow Dutchman would be
better advised to join a "football club not a commercial club" if he
But Rangnick responded on Friday:
"The English Premier League, when any rich person or company can buy a
club, is a commercialised business that's for sure. I don't see anything
negative in that.
"Louis himself, as an
experienced coach, signed a contract here some five or six years ago and he
could have known that in advance if he had that opinion.
"It's a great club and if it
draws the right conclusions on what's happened in the last couple of years, I
still see a very bright future for it."