The world’s costliest defender, who joined United from Leicester in an £80million deal final summer season, inherits the armband from Ashley Young after the long-serving full-back’s transfer to Inter was confirmed on Friday.
Maguire has contributed to a a lot improved defensive displaying from United this season after they conceded 54 objectives final time period, their worst ever efficiency within the Premier League period.
Despite a sequence of composed performances on the coronary heart of a new-look rearguard, Maguire has been unable to assist United considerably enhance their place within the desk with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet 5 factors adrift of the highest 4 forward of Sunday’s daunting journey to Anfield.
Addressing United’s choice to hand Maguire the captaincy, Neville wrote on Twitter: ‘Congratulations! The ***t will come thick and quick within the subsequent yr or two. Stick at it as you’re the captain of the largest membership on this planet and it’ll rise and win once more.
Reacting to Solskjaer’s choice to promote him, in the meantime, Maguire advised Sky Sports: ‘It’s a very proud second for myself and I’m actually honoured to be captain of this nice membership. I’ve worn the armband earlier however to be named captain is actually specia.
‘The manager pulled me to one side and told me that if Ashley leaves, I’d be appointed as the following captain.
‘He wished me well and told me to keep doing what I’m doing. I used to be actually proud, it’s such an honour to play for this membership, not to mention captain it.
‘It’s pretty new as a result of I’ve by no means really been appointed membership captain, however I’ve had some nice captains in my time. I’ve learnt from some nice individuals who do stuff nicely off the pitch.’