Former Manchester United captain, Rio Ferdinand has said the club’s current captain, Harry Maguire needs to be dropped.
He said this following the sacking of manager Ole Gunnar which came on the heels of a 4-1 loss at Watford during which Maguire was shown a red card.
“Harry wouldn’t like to hear this but I just think sometimes you need to be taken out of the firing line,” Ferdinand told the FIVE YouTube channel.
“He’s had a long summer, a successful summer with England to a certain degree. He’s played a lot of football, comes back to United and physically and mentally it looks like there’s a hangover there.
“He won’t take himself out of it, I wouldn’t either, I’d try and play myself through it, but at the moment, his performances haven’t been up to the level required, for him, for Man United. The bar he set himself wouldn’t be there.
“I saw Gary Neville spoke about it the other day that he was having a nightmare after three or four summers on the bounce playing football for England and Man United and needed time off.
“I think Harry Maguire is probably at that point right now.
“The timing [of the red card against Watford] was terrible,’ he added. ‘Harry will be gutted, devastated. He will be sitting at home, he’s a good professional, but he will be sitting there and having to take responsibility for his performances.
“It’s bigger than a red card, this hasn’t been something that just happened at Watford, this has been building for the last few weeks.
“It’s a bit of everything, it’s not the players completely, it’s not the manager solely and the coaching staff, it’s not just the people that run the club.
“All of those elements and individual parts of the football club will have to take responsibility for where we are today because they all played their part in being at this low ebb.”