Rio Ferdinand says Harry Maguire should leave Manchester United and feels the defender has been disrespected by Erik ten Hag after Luke Shaw was played instead of him as a centre-back last month.
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Maguire has started just four Premier League games this campaign, with Ten Hag playing Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez as his preferred centre-back partnership.
The United skipper also saw Shaw play ahead of him alongside Varane for two matches last month after Martinez was given a break after Argentina’s World Cup success in Qatar.
The Red Devils have already dismissed reports linking Maguire with a shocking move to Aston Villa this month.
But Ferdinand says Maguire will be unhappy with how he has been treated by ten Hag at Manchester United.
‘If you’re him you have to leave now,’ Ferdinand said of Maguire on Vibe With Five. ‘Luke Shaw’s playing centre-back instead of him.
‘That’s like me going back after the World Cup, playing well, everyone saying he’s done really well, and Patrice Evra is playing centre-back.
‘I’d want to strangle Patrice! I would’ve smashed Patrice in training to make sure he’s not available, and I’d be going to the manager and saying, ‘are you taking the piss out of me, boss?’. I’d have walked straight into the manager’s office and said, ‘you’re disrespecting me’.
‘Harry Maguire’s got to move. I think he stays because of the games and they can’t get someone else in. He plays in the cup games.’