Rangnick explains why Varane and Lindelof are keeping Maguire on the bench

Manchester United back in action on Wednesday evening as they face Brighton in their penultimate Premier League fixture. Ralf Rangnick’s side are in a dire state but have somewhat recovered in the final stretch.

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has missed the last two Premier League games through injury and didn’t take part in the 3-1 loss to Arsenal last month following a spell of poor performances.

The 29-year-old is constantly under the microscope but has recovered from a minor issue to be in the match-day squad at Brighton.

In his pre-match media duties, Rangnick revealed that United’s skipper finding himself on the bench once more was purely down to rotation.

“As I said I have no reason to change anything,” Rangnick is quoted as saying by the official Manchester United website.

“I know Harry would have wanted to play, but we have other games Harry played and either Rapha Varane or Lindelof didn’t play. This is part of the game and we have a good couple of central defenders and, as I said, I decided not to change anything.”

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SN’s verdict…
The 1-0 loss to Everton last month all but ended United’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League and since then, there have been calls for Rangnick to use the younger players instead of the underperforming senior stars.

Maguire certainly falls into that category of players who are guilty of heavily underperforming but his status at the club remains sizeable. The former Hull star is the captain and the incoming manager, Erik ten Hag, will need to assess him before any decision is taken on the future.

As things stand, with two games remaining of the season, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof have done very little to warrant being dropped to the bench.

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