Tue 01 March 2022 | 12:03

Man Utd will not be title contender with Maguire - Ferdinand

The English star has performed poorly this season and has come under fire.


Manchester United

defender Rio Ferdinand has claimed that with

Harry Maguire

in the starting line-up, they can not be favorite to win Premier League title.

Maguire joined Manchester United from

Leicester City

in the summer of 2018 for 90 million euros, and has faced many problems in his third season. In 27 games he has played for the Red Devils this season, he has shown unstable and weak performances and finally sat on the bench against Watford. Ralf Rangnick blames fitness for Maguire, but Ferdinand questions the quality of the England defender.

"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.

"Liverpool do it tremendously well, Manchester City do it really well, Bayern [Munich] do it. Three of the best teams on the planet and everyone is going that way of playing. 

"Rangnick's style is like that. Can you do that with Maguire? That’s my problem, my issue. His pace doesn't allow for that, he's always going to be looking over his shoulder."

Former England defender added:


If I'm a quick centre-forward or a quick attacker, I would be hanging around where Maguire is," said Ferdinand, who spent 12 years at Old Trafford during his playing career.

"For all the good traits he has in his game, that is a big weakness and that is a fundamental of all the top teams, to play one-versus-one on the halfway.

"You have to be able to do that. Top teams, top players can do that. Jaap Stam – leave him on the halfway line, not a problem. Virgil van Dijk, leave him on halfway, no problem.

"For Maguire, long-term, unless he can find an extra yard of pace it's going to be difficult for him."









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