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Man Utd will reportedly ‘fly’ out youngster Will Fish with Erik ten Hag having to use Alex Telles in central defence against Liverpool.
The Red Devils won a pre-season friendly against their arch-rivals 4-0, thanks to goals from Jadon Sancho, Fred, Anthony Martial and Facundo Pellistri.
However, the match highlighted their lack of fit or available centre-backs as Telles had to play alongside Eric Bailly in the second half of their friendly win.
Harry Maguire and Axel Tuanzebe were both unavailable, while Phil Jones has remained in Manchester and now Fish could get his chance to impress.
‘With Maguire not risked because of a minor injury, Axel Tuanzebe also unavailable and Phil Jones in Manchester working on an individual fitness programme, Alex Telles had to be drafted into central defence alongside Eric Bailly for the second half against Liverpool with Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof among the half-time changes.
‘As a result, United have decided to fly 19-year-old Will Fish out to Melbourne for the second leg of the tour as cover in the position so Telles does not have to play as a makeshift centre-half again.’
New Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag confirmed earlier this week that Maguire will remain as skipper, he said: “Harry Maguire is the captain.
“Of course I have to get to know all of the players and that takes time, but he is an established captain. Over the years he has achieved a lot of success and so I have no doubts about this issue.”
But former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy thinks Ten Hag has “probably made a mistake” as it was “time for a change”.
On the decision to make Maguire captain, Murphy told talkSPORT: “He thinks that’s the right thing to do, but I think he’s probably made a mistake. I think it was time for a change of captaincy and leadership at United.
“I’d give it to whoever he brings in who is big enough and brave enough to take it on. I remember being at Liverpool when Paul Ince walked through the door, captain, bang. He changed the mentality in the dressing room straight away.
“I wouldn’t have Harry Maguire as captain next season, but that doesn’t mean I would get rid of him. I think he’s a good player, I just think it’s too much for him, he’s struggled with it and his performances would improve if he didn’t have it.
“As a player he is capable of more, and the best way to get that out of him is to take the captaincy from him. Being the captain of Manchester United, that responsibility, is a burden and it’s drained him.
“I wouldn’t take it off him as a kick up the backside, but for the benefit of the player. Manchester United is a massive club, the biggest in the world, and being captain there needs someone who is capable of dealing with that better.”
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