Rio Ferdinand believes Solskjaer must rest Harry Maguire

Former Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand has called on the club’s manager to rest out of form defender Harry Maguire.

Harry Maguire has struggled to replicate the form that saw him switch camp from Leicester City to Manchester United.

The England defender was recently sent off in The Three Lions defeat to Denmark in the Nations League at Wembley and has struggled to find form at club level this season with the Red Devils losing 6-1 to Tottenham prior to the international break.

And Off the pitch, he was caught up in an incident in Greece over the summer, and was handed a 21-month suspended prison sentence which he has appealed. 

With so much going on for the centre-back, Ferdinand believes Maguire could benefit from some time away from the spotlight

“In these situations, that I have been in as well, you sometimes need to be taken out of the oven,” Ferdinand said about Maguire on BBC.

“Ole 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 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.”

“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.”

Next up for the Red Devils is a Premier League encounter with Newcastle United, as they look to bounce back from their embarrassing defeat to Tottenham.


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