Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Harry Maguire with Sir Alex tactic

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to follow the lead of Sir Alex Ferguson by dropping Harry Maguire.

That is the view of club hero Rio Ferdinand, who believes that a break from Manchester United action would do the England international a world of good following his recent difficulties on and off the pitch.

The 27-year-old, who remains the most expensive defender in history, was arrested on the Greek island of Mykonos following an incident with police back in August, and has since struggled to find his best form.

The red card in England’s defeat to Denmark on Wednesday has led for calls for Solskjaer to give the former Leicester man a rest, which is something which Ferguson did with Ferdinand in the past.

"In these situations, that I've been in as well, you sometimes need to be taken out of the oven," Ferdinand told BBC Sport.

"[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 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 [ Ferguson] spoke to me and said 'get yourself back to basics, train well and you'll come back in'. That's what happened and I was fine.

“It's just sometimes that bit of pressure being taken out that can actually help you."

Ferdinand’s former team-mate Roy Keane was outspoken in his criticism of Gareth Southgate’s handling of Maguire earlier this week, which drew a response from the England boss.

“I think sometimes he [Gareth] knows Harry has had a tough time on and off the pitch,” Keane said on ITV.

"I have loads of sympathy for Maguire.

“A pat on the back would have helped him. That would have settled him from Gareth.”

Although Southgate didn’t mention Keane by name, his later comment is likely to gave concerned the Irishman.

“He’s going through one of those periods where a lot of things are going against him,” Southgate told talkSPORT.

“He’s getting all sorts of comments from people who should know better. But he’s strong and he’s just got to tough this period out. You have these periods as human beings when life doesn’t always go smoothly.

“He’ll get through it and he’ll be a better player and a stronger for it.”

  • Manchester United FC
  • Premier League
  • England Football Team
  • Harry Maguire
  • Rio Ferdinand
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • Sir Alex Ferguson
  • Gareth Southgate

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