Ex-Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand doesn’t rate Harry Maguire at all. Ferdinand has gone as far as nominating his own captain.
After joining Man United from Leicester City for a smashing £80 million, Maguire has sadly been the subject of potent criticism from United fans across the world.
The England international arrived at Old Trafford and almost immediately got the skipper’s armband after the former captain Ashley Cole left for Inter Milan during the same period.
“The fact that he has had the armband has given him that grace. Which it would do. I think he was given it too early,” Ferdinand said on Vibe With Five.
“It’s a hard enough job coming into Manchester United, getting your feet under the table and starting to feel comfortable as it is without the added pressure of being captain.
“Being captain is a massive responsibility, there is history that goes with it, a big weight on your shoulders.
“You need to experience being there for a period of time to carry that weight. It was more important for Maguire to come in and concentrate on becoming a Manchester United mainstay than being captain.”
Ferdinand was then finally asked if not Maguire, than who should be the club’s captain?
“David de Gea would have been my choice because of the time he’s been there and he knows what it takes to win,” Ferdinand said.
“This is all with hindsight but you have to got to think about these times that might come with someone like Harry Maguire, new at the club in that sense. And that added pressure is weighing on him heavily at the moment,” the former number five with six English Premier League titles concluded.