United’s defense has been criticized this season, with many questioning whether Maguire and Victor Lindelof’s partnership is strong enough to build a real title challenge.
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And Ferdinand believes Everton center-back Keane – sold by United for £ 2million in 2015 – surpasses Maguire and deserves a place in England against the Red Devils skipper.
“Fit Michael Keane all day,” Ferdinand told Vibe with Five. “There wouldn’t be another person in the country watching Premier League games week after week who would tell you that Maguire is more consistent than Michael Keane at the moment. ”
“Right now I would say Michael Keane and John Stones,” he added, when asked who should start as center-back for England.
Commenting on Maguire’s recent mistake against Newcastle, which led to Allan Saint-Maximin’s equalizer, Ferdinand said: “Every week we do this (speaking of United defense).
“It was an awkward head and he could have directed it better, just point it at a corner.”
“I know it’s tough sometimes, you don’t want to give another set piece, but rather than send it back into the danger zone, you head into a corner and then you can reset. It was a bad head in that sense.
“Every week that seems to happen when you look at the defenders and we have a goal behind and then we wait for Bruno (Fernandes) to get us out of a bad patch.
“These things cannot continue and it will not lead to lasting success if we continue to do so. Better teams will punish us and not allow us to come back.