Ferdinand tells Solskjaer to drop ‘struggling’ Harry Maguire

Solskjaer and Maguire

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop the club’s captain Harry Maguire from the team.

Maguire has endured a miserable start to the new campaign and was sent off during England’s Nations League match against Denmark on Wednesday.

Manchester United will play Newcastle this weekend and Ferdinand has said it may be best if Maguire is rested.

‘In these situations – that I’ve been in as well – you sometimes need to be taken out of the oven,’ Rio Ferdinand said.

‘[Manchester United manager] Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] has a big job on his hands and I think quite an important role to play in this. Whether maybe it’s time to give him a little rest, let him gather himself and build that confidence back up.

‘I got brought off in one game, I think it was Middlesbrough away, the manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] spoke to me and said “get yourself back to basics, train well and you’ll come back in”.

‘That’s what happened and I was fine. It’s just sometimes that bit of pressure being taken out that can actually help you.’

Ferdinand, who won added: ‘When you’re going game-to-game every three or four days, it’s very hard to see through the fog.

‘But when you’re taken out of the firing line, you get time to sit back and actually analyse yourself, your performance, your preparation, your recovery – all aspects of what goes around a football match or 90 minutes.

‘It’s then about rebuilding yourself and playing simple. Effectively trying to get through a game without being seen.

‘It might sound silly but that’s the way I used to look at it when I was lacking a little bit of confidence. Because at the moment you’re being seen for all the wrong reasons.’


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