Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol thinks Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag confirmed his “naivety” throughout a current press convention during which he revealed his captain.
Ten Hag took over as the brand new Crimson Devils supervisor on the finish of the season after interim boss Ralf Rangnick may solely cause them to sixth place and a spot within the Europa League.
There have been rumours of discontent, cliques and a ‘poisonous’ dressing room at Previous Trafford final marketing campaign and one of many first points for Ten Hag to deal with was the captaincy.
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The Dutchman introduced earlier this week that Harry Maguire will stay as captain with the choice getting a combined response on social media.
When requested who could be the captain beneath his administration, Ten Hag replied: “Harry Maguire is the captain.
Ten Hag added: “After all, I’ve to get to know all of the gamers and it takes time. However he’s a longtime captain for a couple of years. And he has achieved a variety of success, so I don’t doubt about this concern.”
However ESPN pundit Nicol thinks he ought to’ve saved these particulars near his chest till nearer the beginning of the season with it displaying “somewhat little bit of naivety”.
“When you find yourself the coach and you might be on the press convention, you don’t reply anyone’s query,” Nicol instructed ESPN. “You don’t, you inform them what you need them to know.
“You don’t reply questions, you don’t be open and trustworthy. He has proven somewhat little bit of naivety right here, answering questions overtly and truthfully. He has bought no obligation to inform them something apart from no matter he fancies telling them. Preserve your playing cards near your chest, inform them nothing, get by means of your press convention and transfer on.
“All they’re doing is loading their weapons with ammo, so three video games into the season it’s ‘Why did you make Harry Maguire captain whenever you knew he was garbage final 12 months?’
“I’m sick of claiming it, maintain your mouth closed, get by means of the press convention, inform them nothing as a result of it’s straightforward. Anyone goes to should have a phrase in his ear, as a result of it will come again and chew him that’s for certain.”