Ferdinand names two CBs Man Utd need amid Maguire’s ‘glaring problem’

Date published: Tuesday 15th March 2022 10:22 - Lewis Oldham

Ferdinand speaks on Maguire

Rio Ferdinand has named the two centre-backs Manchester United should sign amid Harry Maguire’s “glaring problem”.

Man Utd splashed out £80m to bring the Englishman in from Leicester City in 2019. Six months after joining the Red Devils, he was named as their new captain.

Maguire has played just short of 150 times for United and on the whole, he performed well up until the start of this season.

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But the defender has been heavily criticised this term as his form has declined.

Maguire has regularly made mistakes during this campaign. He scored an own-goal as United beat Tottenham 3-2 on Saturday. 

Ferdinand has now encouraged Man Utd to sign Marquinhos and Ronald Araujo from PSG and Barcelona respectively:

“I would sign Marquinhos and I would sign the Uruguayan at Barcelona [Araujo],” Ferdinand said on Vibe with Five.

On Maguire, Ferdinand added: “What’s killing him is it seems week after week something is questioning something about Harry Maguire and it’s quite glaring.

“We’ve all been moments like this – in my career it happened. A lot of the time it’s luck.

“He’s going through a period where everything you do there seems to be a problem, there’s a mistake.

“Every mistake you make, it gets punished and highlighted. Sometimes – I went through moments in my career when I made mistakes but they didn’t score, or the keeper pulled me out of it – or Vidic made a tackle.

“And that’s what happens in teams. It’s about rising that little bit of luck you need – and Harry Maguire needs that little bit of luck to get out of this little dip in form he is having right now.”

Earlier this week, Ferdinand praised Man Utd’s in-form winger Jadon Sancho:

“Jadon Sancho, form wise, is in the best form he’s been in in a Man Utd shirt, and I think there’s loads more to come from him,” Ferdinand said.

“He has had the adaptation time and I think we’re seeing the benefits of that now.

“He’s fitter as well. He’s one of those in recent games you’ve looked to for that spark, that bit of quality.”

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