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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urged to ‘take Harry Maguire out of the oven’ amid horror run of form by Rio Ferdinand

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RIO FERDINAND has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “Take Harry Maguire out of the oven.”

The former Manchester United ace believes Maguire needs to be dropped for his own good after a summer of turmoil crowned by his England red card against Denmark.

Harry Maguire is going through a horror run of form

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Harry Maguire is going through a horror run of formCredit: PA:Empics Sport

Ferdinand, 41, said: “It’s obvious to see he’s going through a bad spell.

“Nobody is immune from having a downturn in form and confidence.

“If you want to play well, then having that confidence is an absolute necessity.



“He’s lacking that and it’s very evident in his performances.

“In these situations – and I’ve been in them as well – you sometimes need to be taken out of the oven.”

BT ambassador Ferdinand added: “Sometimes just taking yourself out of the actual firing line for one game helps.

“It’s about having enough time to reflect, a chance to sit down and go through where you are at.

“When you are going game-to-game with matches every three or four days it’s very hard to see through the fog.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should rest Maguire, according to Ferdinand

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should rest Maguire, according to FerdinandCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd
Rio Ferdinand believes Maguire needs to be taken out of the firing line

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Rio Ferdinand believes Maguire needs to be taken out of the firing lineCredit: PA:Press Association

 “If you are taken out of the firing line you get time to sit back and analyse your performance, your training, preparation and recovery.”

But Ferdinand warned Maguire, 27, and Red Devils manager Solskjaer that there is no magic wand, adding: “It doesn’t happen overnight.

“It’s about getting through a game without being seen. That might seem silly but it is the way I used to look at it. At the moment he’s being seen for all the wrong reasons.

“So if he can get through winning a game, keeping a clean sheet, that’s the first of the building blocks.

“It’ll mean him playing simply, only putting his foot in when he needs to, not gambling like he did against Denmark, tackles that were taking risks.

“If you can tiptoe your way through a game, that builds the foundations.”

Ferdinand insisted the blame game must not stop at the Red Devils captain – and warned that Solskjaer and his management staff now have a huge test of their own capabilities.

He added: “With Manchester United, it’s not just about Harry Maguire. There’s a much bigger picture.

Maguire was shown a red card after just 30 minutes for England

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Maguire was shown a red card after just 30 minutes for EnglandCredit: AP:Associated Press

“He is not the actual reason why people are questioning things. It’s about numerous things people are wondering why this, that and the other are happening.

“He’s just a part of it and being the captain of United you automatically become one of the main people they look to for reasons.

“I didn’t recognise that as a Manchester United team against Spurs.

“I would be sitting here lying if I was to dress it up in any other way.

“That and the Palace game were two performances you’d like to erase from your memory.

“I was part of a team that had performances like that and you do have downturns of form.

“United obviously had a shorter pre-season than a lot of teams and that may have played a part in the early games against Palace etc.

“But the Spurs game, there were no excuses. They were well off it and didn’t perform anywhere near their capabilities.

“It’s the job of Ole and his staff to really get that right.

“The international break came at the wrong time for them because what they needed was to get the players in the building to work on things. The next set of seven games are difficult, it’s going to be testing times — but this is where you see the character.

“I think Ole and his staff have learnt a lot from the players about their character in this early part of the season.”

Ferdinand was speaking as EE announced its customers will be among the first to gain access to Match Day Experience, a new set of immersive viewing features on the BT Sport app.

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson hails Mohamed Salah’s scoring record

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Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has praised team-mate Mohamed Salah for his impressive goalscoring record and insists the Egyptian star has got even better.

The forward scored his 100th goal for the club in their 2-2 draw with Merseyside rivals Everton on October 17, reaching the landmark in 159 games.

Salah was prolific in his first season at Anfield following his £39million move from Roma in 2017, scoring a staggering 44 goals in 52 appearances.

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson praised team-mate Mohamed Salah for his goalscoring record

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson praised team-mate Mohamed Salah for his goalscoring record

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson praised team-mate Mohamed Salah for his goalscoring record

Salah scored his 100th goal for the club in 159 games in the Merseyside derby on October 17

Salah scored his 100th goal for the club in 159 games in the Merseyside derby on October 17

Salah scored his 100th goal for the club in 159 games in the Merseyside derby on October 17

Following his latest achievement Henderson has hailed Salah, describing his goalscoring exploits as ‘computer-game stuff’. 

He wrote in the club’s official matchday programme for the Champions League clash against Midtjylland on Tuesday evening: ‘Mo’s numbers are jaw-dropping. He’s achieved his century in just 159 appearances – that is computer game stuff!

‘I shouldn’t be surprised, but it yet again underlines just how blessed we all are to be working with him, or be a supporter of this club at the time he is here with us.

‘Not for one minute do I think Mo is taken for granted; he 100 per cent isn’t by anyone associated with our club at least. But I do think the level of his achievement maybe deserves a little more recognition in the game.

‘It’s possible that the numbers he hit in his first season with us – 40-plus goals – means everything else since has been measured by an unfair and unrealistic yardstick.’

Salah is still, at times, underrated with the game, with some former pros arguing that he is undervalued.

Henderson also insisted the Egyptian star has got better year on year since arriving in 2017

Henderson also insisted the Egyptian star has got better year on year since arriving in 2017

Henderson also insisted the Egyptian star has got better year on year since arriving in 2017

‘All of Liverpool’s front three could have made my team, but I’ve chosen Salah because I still don’t think he gets the credit he deserves,’ former defender Glen Johnson told The Mirror last season.

While former Reds defender Jamie Carragher said in February that Liverpool fans don’t appreciate him enough.

‘With Mo Salah – I think he is underappreciated,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘Salah is seen as world class outside, but with Liverpool fans I think he is a little bit underappreciated. Certainly going form what he did in his first season to now there is a slight dip.’

Henderson admitted that Salah, who became the fastest player in Liverpool history to reach half century of Premier League goals in 2019, has continually improved and has got better each year since his arrival three years ago.

‘As someone privileged to play alongside him, I can tell you I think he is so much better now than during that first season. I also think his contribution now is more important than in that first season. As amazing as he was, he has only got better and better,’ he added.

Mohamed Salah became the fastest player in Liverpool history to reach 50 top-flight goals

Mohamed Salah became the fastest player in Liverpool history to reach 50 top-flight goals

Mohamed Salah became the fastest player in Liverpool history to reach 50 top-flight goals 

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Liverpool provide in-depth look at their new £50m Kirkby training base

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Liverpool have released an in-depth look at their new £50m state-of-the-art Kirkby training base as Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League title winners get set to make the move from Melwood next month. 

The switch will see Liverpool depart their historic Melwood base, where the first-team have been based for 70 years, and move in where the current academy train. 

On Tuesday, Liverpool showed off the three full-size pitches that the first-team will train on, the goalkeeping and warm-up areas and the indoor sports hall in the brief look at the training hub.

Liverpool have given fans an in-depth look at their new £50m training base in Kirkby

Liverpool have given fans an in-depth look at their new £50m training base in Kirkby

Liverpool have given fans an in-depth look at their new £50m training base in Kirkby 

The club showed a glimpse of their new home - they hope to move into it in November

The club showed a glimpse of their new home - they hope to move into it in November

The club showed a glimpse of their new home – they hope to move into it in November

Jurgen Klopp's office at the new hub, with a balcony overlooking the outdoor pitches

Jurgen Klopp's office at the new hub, with a balcony overlooking the outdoor pitches

Jurgen Klopp’s office at the new hub, with a balcony overlooking the outdoor pitches

The 9,200sqm Training Centre also has two gyms, a swimming pool, hydrotherapy and sports rehabilitation facilities. 

Klopp’s office, meanwhile, will have a balcony that overlooks the training pitches allowing the Reds boss to keep an eye on the action whenever he wants.

Liverpool are gearing up for moving into their new home in November following delays to the construction due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Athletic reported earlier this week that Reds captain Jordan Henderson and fellow midfielder James Milner were involved in the design process of the complex. 

Liverpool first announced their plans to leave Melwood for Kirkby back in 2017

Liverpool first announced their plans to leave Melwood for Kirkby back in 2017

Liverpool first announced their plans to leave Melwood for Kirkby back in 2017 

A brief look at the nutritional facilities at Kirkby was in the clip posted by Liverpool on Tuesday

A brief look at the nutritional facilities at Kirkby was in the clip posted by Liverpool on Tuesday

A brief look at the nutritional facilities at Kirkby was in the clip posted by Liverpool on Tuesday

Liverpool were due to move training bases at end of last season but construction was delayed

Liverpool were due to move training bases at end of last season but construction was delayed

Liverpool were due to move training bases at end of last season but construction was delayed

Liverpool first announced their intention to move to Kirkby, where the academy are currently based, in 2017 with Klopp feeling constrained by the lack of space at Melwood.

‘I really love Melwood but football changes,’ Klopp said back in 2017, when news of the switch first emerged. ‘We cannot avoid this. We can’t stay like we always were and hope we can cope with the other clubs. 

‘Sometimes you have to set standards. It’s really good that our owners give us the opportunity to make this big step in the future. Twenty five years ago Melwood set the level. In those 25 years a lot of things happened. 

‘It’s fantastic but we have no space for anything. If we want to have one more office, we don’t know where to go. That’s the situation. Bringing the Academy and the first team together is one point but it’s also about improving a lot of things that we can’t improve here. It will only be good for the future of the club. I really believe that infrastructure keeps responsibility up.

‘Staying here for the next 25 years wouldn’t be good for the club. In this moment we have the idea and the opportunity to do something so we have to wait to see when we can say “yes, take the next step and start”.’ 

The finishing touches are being added to the state-of-the art facility in Kirkby, Merseyside

The finishing touches are being added to the state-of-the art facility in Kirkby, Merseyside

The finishing touches are being added to the state-of-the art facility in Kirkby, Merseyside

Work was delayed this year due to Covid-19 but the complex is nearly ready for Klopp's side

Work was delayed this year due to Covid-19 but the complex is nearly ready for Klopp's side

Work was delayed this year due to Covid-19 but the complex is nearly ready for Klopp’s side

Liverpool also announced on Tuesday that their new base will see an extension to the current sponsorship terms with AXA. 

‘The expansion of AXA’s partnership to include the naming rights of the club’s new Training Centre makes perfect sense,’ Liverpool FC’s chief executive officer Billy Hogan said.

‘We have already seen their emphasis on driving health, well-being, confidence and self-belief, and so deepening their relationship in the field of training makes this partnership a great fit.

‘We’re pleased to have AXA on board as we start this new chapter at the club and are proud to expand our relationship with a brand that shares our common values and aspirations both on and off the pitch.’ 

Liverpool boss Klopp has underlined his belief that the squad have outgrown Melwood

Liverpool boss Klopp has underlined his belief that the squad have outgrown Melwood

Liverpool boss Klopp has underlined his belief that the squad have outgrown Melwood

The Premier League champions will move into their new home from Melwood in November

The Premier League champions will move into their new home from Melwood in November

The Premier League champions will move into their new home from Melwood in November

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Inter Milan: Antonio Conte insists Romelu Lukaku still must improve

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Antonio Conte has thrown down the gauntlet to the in-form Romelu Lukaku, insisting he needs even more from his star striker in order for him to one day be considered one of the greats.

Lukaku enjoyed a spectacular debut season during the last campaign after swapping Manchester United for Inter Milan, scoring 34 goals in all competitions to become the first Inter star to do so in a maiden season since Ronaldo in 1997-98.

Yet despite beginning the current campaign in sizzling form – Lukaku has six goals in seven games, leading his agent to label him the best striker on the planet right now – Conte is still in search of more from his No 9, as well as strike partner Lautaro Martinez.

Antonio Conte says Romelu Lukaku has improved but must still step up his game to be a great

Antonio Conte says Romelu Lukaku has improved but must still step up his game to be a great

Antonio Conte says Romelu Lukaku has improved but must still step up his game to be a great

‘They [Lukaku and Martinez] made huge improvements and they can become even more important for the team,’ Conte told reporters during his pre-Champions League press conference on Monday.

‘In order to compare them with other [great strikers] at European level, we need to win, it’s the only way to carve out an important place in Europe.’

Lukaku scored 34 in his debut season with Inter and already has six from seven this campaign

Lukaku scored 34 in his debut season with Inter and already has six from seven this campaign

Lukaku scored 34 in his debut season with Inter and already has six from seven this campaign

Conte’s rallying words for Lukaku stand in stark contrast to the Belgian’s agent, who has already declared his client as the best striker on the planet right now.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Federico Pastorello said: ‘Romelu is a modern player and a sensitive person. 

‘He needs love, when he feels everyone’s affection he really becomes the best the market can offer, even if Inter obviously do not intend to sell him. In terms of quality, attitude and mentality, he is currently the best striker in the world.’

Pastorello has also turned the knife when it comes to Lukaku’s former club United, implying the Belgian is much more appreciated in Italy. 

‘His transfer to Italy was the right decision and the best choice for him. Inter are a great family and the fans are completely crazy about him.’ he added.

Conte feels Lukaku and strike partner Lautaro Martinez (right) need to help the team win more

Conte feels Lukaku and strike partner Lautaro Martinez (right) need to help the team win more

Conte feels Lukaku and strike partner Lautaro Martinez (right) need to help the team win more

Martinez has three goals in six games so far this season, after scoring 21 in 49 in the last campaign, during which he was persistently chased by Barcelona until their finances were wrecked by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Inter return to action this week when they face Ukrainan outfit Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

Shakhar enter the fixture as top of the group after pulling off a shock opening match victory over Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Inter meanwhile have just a point to their name after drawing 2-2 with Borussia Monchengladbach, courtesy of a Lukaku brace. 

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