Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has criticised Eric ten Haga for his treatment of club captain Harry Maguire.
Ferdinand did not agree with the fact that Ten Hag repeatedly chose Luke Shaw as a central defender instead of Maguire.
Maguire has endured a difficult campaign at Old Trafford. He lost his place in the team, and the United boss preferred the partnership of Lisandro Martinez and Rafael Varane.
Maguire’s brilliant performances at the World Cup were not enough to guarantee the restoration of his starting status in the eyes of Ten Haga.
It became clear that the United skipper fell out of the hierarchy after Ten Hag chose to show next to Varane in the games against Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Speaking on his YouTube channel Vibe with Five via The Mirror, Ferdinand said he would be offended if he were in Maguire’s place.
The six-time Premier League winner noticed: “If you are him, you need to leave now. Instead, Luke Shaw plays as a central defender. It’s like when I come back after the World Cup, I play well, everyone says, “He did very well,” and [then] Patrice Evra plays a central defender.”
“I would like to strangle Patrice! I would have crashed Patrice at training to make sure he wasn’t available and I would have gone to the manager and said: “Are you pissing me off, boss?”
“I would go straight to the manager’s office and say: “You’re disrespecting me.” Harry Maguire has to move. I think he stays because of the games and they can’t attract anyone else. He plays in cup games.”
True to Ferdinand’s words, Maguire seems to have been forced to play cup games.
He was in action last night when the Red Devils beat Charlton Athletic to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup.
Recently, the 29-year-old was linked with a move to Aston Villa, and he and his agent were even pictured at a hotel near the Villa training base.
However, these ties have been canceled, and the defender intends to stay at Old Trafford at least until the end of the season.