Manchester United fans learned this week that Harry Maguire was no longer the captain, with the England defender putting up a post on social media to inform people of Erik ten Hag’s decision.

During a time where he has been heavily linked with a move to West Ham, and the Euros approaching next summer, Maguire will surely be considering his options to guarantee himself regular playing time. With Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane and possibly even Victor Lindelof all ahead of him in pecking order, it’s likely his playing time would again be limited if he stayed at Old Trafford.

In an interview with The Athletic, Rooney gave his view that it was time for Maguire to move on.

To have the armband taken off you, how does he move forward with the club?. That shows the manager really doesn’t believe in him. It leaves Harry in a position where he has to think on what he does moving forward. The manager has shown he is not part of the plans. I’m sure Harry will want to go and play — for himself, for his England career — to put himself in the best position to be as successful as he can. The best thing now is probably for him to move.