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‘If I’m Harry Maguire’ Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand hands defender advice following Ten Hag snub

The pundit had plenty to say on the defender’s United future


Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has suggested Harry Maguire should look to leave Manchester United this January after another snub from Erik ten Hag during Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Wolves.

Maguire was dropped early in Ten Hag’s reign, and has started just three games this season in the English top flight as Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane have struck up a solid partnership in the centre of the Red Devils’ defence.

However, Martinez is yet to return to Premier League action following his World Cup winning exploits with Argentina in Qatar, which opened up a spot in the heart of defence that Maguire looked set to fill, with the Englishman having recovered from illness.

It was compatriot Luke Shaw, a traditional left-back, who was chosen to line up next to Varane against Nottingham Forest on December 27th, a trick that was repeated on New Year’s Eve, casting further doubt on the future of club captain Maguire at Old Trafford.

And United legend Ferdinand, who made over 450 appearances for the Red Devils, has now urged the centre-back to seek pastures new following the latest snub.

“If I’m Harry Maguire, I’m looking for a new club right now”, Ferdinand told viewers on BT Sport. “This new manager is showing him he’s not going to be one of the top two centre-backs. I’d be telling my agent to go and find me a club where I can play regularly”

Though he had an excellent World Cup with England, he has been a late substitute in both games since the restart of the Premier League, and is unlikely to see too much action should Shaw become an option on the left side of central defence, in what was previously Maguire’s position in the side.

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