Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has revealed the player who should take over as captain of the club after criticising Harry Maguire.
Maguire joined the Red Devils from Leicester City in a deal reportedly worth £80million and was named the club captain a few weeks later, taking over from Ashley Young who had joined Inter Milan.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision to make Maguire captain did not go down well initially, and Ferdinand still feels it was the wrong option.
"The fact that he has had the armband has given him that grace. Which it would do. I think he was given it too early," Ferdinand said on Vibe With Five.
"It’s a hard enough job coming into Manchester United, getting your feet under the table and starting to feel comfortable as it is without the added pressure of being captain.
"Being captain is a massive responsibility, there is history that goes with it, a big weight on your shoulders.
"You need to experience being there for a period of time to carry that weight. It was more important for Maguire to come in and concentrate on becoming a Manchester United mainstay than being captain."
When asked who should take over as captain, Ferdinand added,:"David de Gea would have been my choice because of the time he’s been there and he knows what it takes to win.
"This is all with hindsight but you have to got to think about these times that might come with someone like Harry Maguire, new at the club in that sense. And that added pressure is weighing on him heavily at the moment."
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