Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick explains dropping Harry Maguire for crunch Arsenal showdown

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Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has explained his decision to leave Harry Maguire on the bench for this afternoon’s showdown with Arsenal. The England international has been in poor form over the last few months. And, against Liverpool on Tuesday, his season hit a new low. 

Maguire has been in poor form for United, with the England international’s status as captain now under threat ahead of the Erik ten Hag era.

And Rangnick has now chosen to demote his skipper for this afternoon’s crunch Premier League clash with Arsenal.

Instead, the German has picked Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof to be his centre-backs, with Maguire on the bench.

And Rangnick has explained his decision to MUTV by saying: “I had to make a decision between the three of them [Lindelof, Varane, Maguire].

“Two could only play. Harry has had a tough week.

“I decided to give him a rest and play with Rapha Varane and Victor Lindelof.”

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United have gone strong as they look to boost their hopes of securing Champions League football.

David De Gea starts in goal, behind a back four consisting of Varane, Lindelof, Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles.

Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic have been deployed in midfield, with Bruno Fernandes playing further ahead.

Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga start on the flanks.

And Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the team up top following the heartbreaking death of his young son.

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