Danny Murphy reveals Erik ten Hag first mistake as Manchester United boss

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Former Premier League midfielder Danny Murphy has revealed the first mistake Erik ten Hag has made as Manchester United boss.

According to Murphy, Ten Hag has made a mistake by not dropping Harry Maguire as Manchester United captain.

Ten Hag revealed on Monday in a press conference ahead of Tuesday’s pre-season clash against Liverpool that Maguire will remain as Manchester United captain.

“I think he’s probably made a mistake,” Murphy told talkSPORT.

“I think it was time for a change of captaincy for United.”

When asked who should take the captaincy instead, the former Liverpool and Fulham man replied: “To whoever he brings in that is big enough and brave enough to do it.

“I remember being at Liverpool when Incey [Paul Ince] walked in the door, and the mentality changed straight away.”

Murphy still feels Maguire has a role to play for United, though, as he explained: “That doesn’t mean I’d want to get rid of him. I think he’s a good player.

“I just think it’s too much for him. I think he’s struggled with it a bit. I think his performance would be enhanced [without the captaincy].”

Despite backing Maguire to remain as captain, Ten Hag is pushing Manchester United to sign Ajax centre-back Lisandro Martinez.