Rio Ferdinand would start Fikayo Tomori over Harry Maguire for England

Rio Ferdinand would start AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori over Manchester United captain Harry Maguire at centre-back for England.

Despite wearing the captain’s armband, United’s number five has started the last four Premier League games on the bench.

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Erik ten Hag has instead opted to go with Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez, and that pairing has helped the Red Devils win four consecutive Premier League matches.

The world’s most expensive defender was brought back into the starting line-up for last Thursday’s 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad in our Europa League opener.

Rio Ferdinand would start Fikayo Tomori over Harry Maguire for England

The former Leicester City man will be hoping to start tonight’s Europa League clash in Moldova against Sheriff Tiraspol, but with Sunday’s clash against Leeds United being postponed, the former Ajax manager may opt to reinstate Martinez and Varane as his centre-back pairing.

Despite seemingly being out-of-favour under the Dutchman, Maguire is expected to be named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad later today.

But with Nations League games against Italy and Germany to come later this month prior to this winter’s World Cup in Qatar, former Manchester United centre-back Ferdinand would pick former Chelsea man Tomori over Maguire right now.

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Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand, who won six Premier League titles under Sir Alex Ferguson, said: “I think him [Tomori] on one side, Kyle Walker and John Stones in the middle [of a three-man defence].

“Harry Maguire has been an absolutely great servant for England, but unfortunately he’s not playing for Manchester United, so for that reason I’d bring Tomori in.”

Maguire, who has been capped 46 times for England, played a pivotal role in Southgate’s Three Lions reaching the World Cup semi-finals and European Championship final over the last four years.

Tomori, who joined AC Milan on a permanent deal from Chelsea last summer, won the Scudetto with the Rossoneri last season and will be hoping to build on his three England caps.

The 24-year-old is also playing in the Champions League unlike Maguire.

If the decision was left to Ferdinand, Tomori’s inclusion would come at Maguire’s expense.

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