Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes that pairing Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof in defence would not win trophies for the team.
Rio Ferdinand says that the the duo are often ‘exposed and physically dominated’ by opponents which makes them not good enough to win silverwares for the Red Devils.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made started Maguire and Lindelof in their 5-0 demolition of RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.
The backline of Manchester United has been a subject of criticism since the under scrutiny since the start of the season and the former United centre half [Ferdinand] has confessed that he’d doesn’t like to have Maguire and Lindelof at the heart of the defence.
‘Is it good enough? I’d probably say no, if you’re trying to win the top competitions,’ Ferdinand said to BT Sport.
‘Yes, last season they had a good defensive record, but I just see moments in games where they get opened up, they get physically dominated at times, especially in terms of pace, especially if their protection isn’t what you’d expect it to be if the game opens up a little bit.
‘If the game opens up and they’re on the halfway line and they’re playing one-v-one or two-v-two, then I fear for my life in that situation. If the team shape is fine and it’s all set up properly, then they look a decent pairing.’
OGS hasn’t had it easy with the center halfs with most of them commiting blunders. He has mad use of Maguire, Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe this campaign all in the name of finding a solution to the defensive woes.
Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly were saddled with the task of keeping forwards at bay in the match against Spurs but the duo couldn’t prevent United’s 6-1 humiliating defeat by Tottenham.