Harry Maguire: Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bench star ahead of Newcastle tie

Harry Maguire: Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bench star ahead of Newcastle tie

Ex-Manchester United skipper Rio Ferdinand has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Harry Maguire out of the firing line.

Maguire has been subject to several criticisms for his series of poor performances this season for both club and country.

The 27-year-old defender had another night to forget after he was sent off midway through the first-half during England’s 1-0 loss to Denmark on Wednesday at Wembley.

Following his dire performance against the Danes, many Man United fans have since demanded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop the ex-Leicester City skipper against Newcastle United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told to drop Harry Maguire from the starting XI
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told to drop Harry Maguire from the starting XI

And Rio Ferdinand has echoed United’s fans’ voices and explained why benching Harry Maguire would help the England international come back to his best.

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

Harry Maguire was sent off during Denmark clash
Harry Maguire was sent off during Denmark clash

‘[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 [Harry Maguire] 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”

Harry Maguire was dreadful against Denmark
Harry Maguire was dreadful against Denmark

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

The former Manchester United skipper,Ferdinand, who won six Premier League titles during his time at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson, 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.

Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Harry Maguire
Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Harry Maguire

‘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.’

Manchester United will face Newcastle United on Saturday away from home in the Premier League. Three days later, United would begin their Champions League campaign with a trip to France to face PSG, a side they knocked out in the round of 16 two years ago.