Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed the issues he has with the cub’s current captain Harry Maguire.
Maguire has been a target for criticism this season following a series of poor performances with Ferdinand being one of the people to have called him out for his lack of speed which makes the team vulnerable against top sides.
“Is Maguire going to enable you to win the league? That’s a question as well. The thing about someone like Ralf Rangnick and all the top teams now is when they play, they play on the front foot and want to win the ball high.
“Therefore, you need defenders that can defend on the halfway line 1v1, 2v2 or 3v2 if you want that security. But if you can play 2v2 or 1v1 on the halfway line, that enables you to have more bodies in the opponents’ half. Hence why teams do that, to win the ball early and are closer to the opposition goal to score goals.
“Can you do that with Maguire? That’s my problem, that’s my issue. His pace doesn’t allow for that, he’s always going to be looking over his shoulder,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five YouTube channel.
No side in the top eight of the Premier League has conceded more goals than United and Ferdinand believes part of the blame for this should be on Maguire.