May 17, 2022

[England]Rio Ferdinand urges Man United captain Maguire to ‘get a hold of’ his team-mates

Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand has called on current custodian Harry Maguire to lead by example and steer the club out of their current domestic malaise.

The Red Devils have collected just one point from a possible 12 at home so far in the Premier League this season – with Sunday’s 1-0 loss at home to Arsenal their latest disappointing result.

United now languish in 15th with their top-flight form contrasting differently to their Champions League performances so far.

The Old Trafford outfit have won tricky clashes against Paris Saint-Germain (2-1 away) and RB Leipzig (5-0 at home) with the latter coming just four days before their defeat by Arsenal.

And Ferdinand believes it’s on skipper Maguire to ‘get a hold’ of the team due to his status among the group. Reflecting on bad moments at United during his career, the 41-year-old insists that’s the course of action he and other leaders would do within the dressing room.

‘We’re lacking confidence in certain areas. We gained a bit of confidence in midweek but do they get too overconfident?’ he said on the Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE YouTube channel.

‘I saw Harry Maguire and a couple of his comments after the game saying maybe they were patting each other on the back too much. Get a hold of that team – he’s the captain.

‘I hope he’s getting in there and getting round people and telling people “listen, we aren’t the finished article, we’ve got loads to do, there is more from us to come, pull your socks up”.

‘I don’t know if that’s going on. The captain of Man Utd. There’s always been leaders in that changing room who would be going round and drilling people, either one-to-one or in front of the group. Pulling people aside, having little conversations to get people up, to make sure they stay on their game.

‘I remember Nani, I didn’t chat to him really, it was two or three words, ‘assists and goals’ or ‘shoot on sight’. Boom, that’s it. It doesn’t need an essay of words. Sometimes it’s short and sharp, punchy little things.

‘Are these conversations going on? It isn’t just for the management to deal with that, sometimes the players in that dressing room need to stand up and put it on people.’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping for a response from his side on Wednesday when they travel to Turkey to play Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League. A victory there will put his team on the brink of qualification for the last 16 in Group H.

After that, their attentions return to the Premier League where they travel to high-flying Everton on Saturday afternoon.


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