Rio Ferdinand has claimed he’d play Michael Keane ahead of Harry Maguire for England as he’s in much better form at the moment.
United’s defence – their goalkeeper and centre-back pairing in particular – has been scrutinised of late, with many questioning whether Maguire and Victor Lindelof is a solid enough axis to lead a genuine title charge.
And Maguire is of the opinion that the Everton defender Keane, who United sold for just £2million in 2015, is outperforming the world’s most expensive defender.
“On form Michael Keane all day,” Ferdinand told Vibe with Five. “There wouldn’t be another person in the country who is watching Premier League games week in week out that would tell you Maguire is more consistent than Michael Keane at the moment.”
“Right now I’d say Michael Keane and John Stones,” he added, when asked who should start at centre-back for England.
On Maguire’s recent error against Newcastle which led to Allan Saint-Maximin’s equaliser, Ferdinand said: “Every week we are doing this (talking about United’s defending).
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Manchester United made heavy weather of their 3-1 win over Newcastle, eventually getting the job done at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes were on the scoresheet as United got back to winning ways in the league. They have a Europa League second leg vs Real Sociedad on Thursday.
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“It was an awkward header and he could have directed it better, just head it out for a corner.
“I know it’s difficult sometimes, you don’t want to give away another set-piece but rather than head it back into the danger area you’ve headed it for a corner and then you can reset. It was a poor header in that sense.
“Every week it seems to be happening where you look at the defenders and we’ve got a goal behind and then we’re waiting for Bruno (Fernandes) to pick us out of a bad patch.
“These things can’t continue and it’s not going to lead to a sustained amount of success if we keep going like that. Better teams will punish us and won’t allow us to come back.”