Rio Ferdinand has suggested that Harry Maguire be taken out of the firing line for Manchester United.
The England international has had a nightmare start to the season – topped off by his latest display for his country.
Maguire was sent off after 30 minutes following two yellow cards in a shambolic performance.
It follows a terrible few matches for United, including some shocking defending against Tottenham in a 6-1 defeat.
In the summer, Maguire was arrested in Mykonos after being accused of assaulting a police officer.
He was found guilty but has appealed the decision, regardless the 27-year-old has received the backing from a former United centre-back.
Ferdinand believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should take him out of the starting line-up to regain his confidence.
“In these situations – that I’ve been in as well – you sometimes need to be taken out of the oven,” he said.
“[Manchester United manager] Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] has a big job on his hands and I think quite an important role to play in this.
“Whether maybe it’s time to give him a little rest, let him gather himself and build that confidence back up.
“I got brought off in one game, I think it was Middlesbrough away, the manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] spoke to me and said ‘get yourself back to basics, train well and you’ll come back in’.
“That’s what happened and I was fine. It’s just sometimes that bit of pressure being taken out that can actually help you.”
The problem is United face a gruelling list of fixtures over the next month.
They undergo a tricky trip to Newcastle on Saturday before facing Paris St-Germain and Chelsea in quick succession.
That is followed by a tough game against RB Leipzig and then taking on high-flying Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 1.
Regardless, Ferdinand believes some time out of the spotlight would do Maguire the world of good.
“When you’re going game-to-game every three or four days, it’s very hard to see through the fog,” added Ferdinand.
“But when you’re taken out of the firing line, you get time to sit back and actually analyse yourself, your performance, your preparation, your recovery – all aspects of what goes around a football match or 90 minutes.
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“It’s then about rebuilding yourself and playing simple.
“Effectively trying to get through a game without being seen.
“It might sound silly but that’s the way I used to look at it when I was lacking a little bit of confidence. Because at the moment you’re being seen for all the wrong reasons.”