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Rio Ferdinand has urged Harry Maguire to get a grip as Manchester United captain and show more leadership.
Maguire is facing increased criticism after leading United to their worst start to a domestic season since 1972.
United have taken just one point from their opening four league games at home in the wake of last weekend's shambolic 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men find themselves languishing in 15th place in the table, nine points adrift of leaders and bitter rivals Liverpool already.
Former United star Ferdinand insists it is down to Maguire to lift his troops and inspire them to be the best they can be.
He said: "We're lacking confidence in certain areas. I saw Maguire saying they were patting each other on the back too much (after beating RB Leipzig in the Champions League). Get a hold of that team – he's the captain.
"I hope he's getting in there and telling people 'listen, we aren't the finished article, we've got loads to do, pull your socks up'.
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"I don't know if that's going on. The captain of Manchester United, there's always been leaders in that dressing room pulling people aside to make sure they stay on their game.
"I remember chatting to Nani. It was two or three words 'assists and goals', or 'shoot on sight'. Boom, that's it. It doesn't need essays. Sometimes it's short and sharp.
"Are these conversations going on?
"It isn't just for the management to deal with that, sometimes the players need to stand up and put it on people."
- Manchester United FC
- Harry Maguire
- Rio Ferdinand
- Premier League
- Champions League
- Arsenal FC
- RB Leipzig FC
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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