Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar to drop Harry Maguire
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Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar to drop Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire could greatly benefit from being rested to rediscover his form, former defender and Man United legend Rio Ferdinand has said. 

The United captain has gone through a rough patch in the last few months, which only got worse on Wednesday night as he was sent off during a UEFA Nations League clash between England and Denmark.

The sending off was the latest of a series of poor performances for both club and country, which has constantly pushed him onto the limelight. 

Speaking to BBC, Ferdinand said the 27-year-old will greatly benefit from some time off the 'firing line', to allow him to regain his form. 

"In these situations - that I've been in as well - you sometimes need to be taken out of the oven," Ferdinand said about Maguire via the BBC.

"Ole 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 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.

"When you're going game-to-game every three or four days, it's very hard to see through the fog. But when you're taken out of the firing line, you get time to sit back and actually analyse yourself, your performance, your preparation, your recovery - all aspects of what goes around a football match or 90 minutes,"

United face Newcastle on  Saturday in the Premier League, hoping to bounce back from their 6-1 hammering by Tottenham last time out. 

They have started the season on the wrong footing, having already lost two of their opening three fixtures.

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