Rio Ferdinand reacts to Harry Maguire 'no look defending meme'

Harry Maguire’s poor form continued against Southampton at the weekend. Many Manchester United fans had hoped he would have been dropped after the Burnley game, and the sentiment still persists.

Maguire was given the runaround in the second half and one piece of defending late in the game went viral on social media.

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Maguire had a torrid time up against Southampton forward Armando Broja, and at one stage after being turned he wrong way, he tried to block his path with an outstretched foot.

This was mocked on social media with Maguire said to be trying a new style of ‘no look defending’, and the frozen image went viral.

Rio Ferdinand’s Five outlet was one of several to post the image on Twitter in pursuit of likes, although judging from the former defender’s reaction, he had no involvement.

Ferdinand was quizzed about the moment on his Vibe With Five YouTube channel, and he said he felt sympathy for Maguire and was glad to be retired.

He said: “Out of order. Social media is ruthless. I’m just glad I’m not playing any more because there would be meme’s of me.”

Ferdinand went onto recall a moment against Chelsea in his playing days where Joe Cole once sent him spinning, and admitted his worry at the time was seeing the clip on Match Of The Day.

Even that he added, was shown once then it’s over. These social media memes have a far wider reach, and can knock a players’ confidence, as Phil Jones has admitted over the years.

The issue with Maguire of course is not limited to these viral moments. His all round game just has not been good enough this season, and his lack of inspiring leadership leaves a glaring void in the team.

But of course, clips and stills like the one we saw in the Southampton game don’t help his cause either.

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Saturday’s game could nearly have ended so differently for Maguire. With the score locked at 1-1 the ball fell to him in the box and he struck it cleanly, but not far enough into one of the corners.

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster was able to block it with his leg, and United’s final chance went begging.

This goal would have redeemed Maguire and lifted his confidence. Instead the game petered out to a draw and the captain has a very real chance of being dropped for tonight’s fixture against Brighton.

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