Manchester United hero Andrei Kanchelskis is not sure about Harry Maguire as captain of the Red Devils, claiming he is not an inspirational figure and reminding the centre-back: ‘This is football; it’s not ballet.’
Maguire has had an up-and-down season so far, having not really been at his best and United struggling in defence as they sit ninth in the Premier League.
However, things have begun to turn around, with the Red Devils winning their last four matches in all competitions, with Maguire starting all of them.
Nevertheless, Kanchelskis does not see the 27-year-old as a particularly strong leader, saying he is not loud enough and doesn’t stand out.
The Russian spent four years at Old Trafford from 1991-95, winning two Premier League titles and played with fearsome captains, Bryan Robson and Roy Keane,
He feels that the current United skipper pales in comparison to his predecessors.
‘I don’t know,’ Kanchelskis told American Gambler of Maguire’s captaincy.
‘You look at how Roy Keane and Bryan Robson used to fight on the pitch, he’s a little bit quiet and needs some determination and be a bit more aggressive.
‘This is football; it’s not ballet.’
The 51-year-old is much more positive on United’s Premier League title chances, though, saying the Red Devils are still very much in with a shout of lifting the trophy this season.
‘Yes! Why not?’ Kanchelskis said of a title tilt. ‘With everything going on with Covid, you are seeing some teams are finding it difficult and some teams are playing badly, some teams play better with fans.
‘I’ve seen the results and anything can happen. Liverpool lost 7-2 and United lost 6-1. With everything happening, it’s a good chance to win the title.’