Ferdinand favours Man Utd flop to Maguire in damning assessment of star

Rio Ferdinand would prefer Everton star and Manchester United flop Michael Keane in his England team over Harry Maguire.

It is a brutal snub from the Red Devils legend – considering the United star cost them a world-record £80m.

Keane, on the other hand, left the club for £2m in 2015 but has worked himself up to a star man at Goodison Park.

With the European Championships coming up this summer, Gareth Southgate has to decide on his centre-back partnership.

There are some late revivals, including from John Stones at Manchester City, while Maguire looks set to definitely be included in the squad.

And while the former Leicester man can feel relatively assured of his position, Ferdinand would not pick him over Everton star Keane.

“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.”

When asked who should be Southgate’s back two, he added: “Right now I’d say Michael Keane and John Stones.”

In United's 3-1 win over Newcastle, Maguire's defending came under question again after a poor header led to Allan Saint-Maximin scoring an equaliser.

The Red Devils went on to win but Ferdinand was not impressed.

“It was an awkward header and he could have directed it better, just head it out for a corner," he said.

“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.”

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