Rio Ferdinand shocked by Harry Maguire’s derby pleasantries

Rio Ferdinand is disappointed to have seen hugging takeover a once fierce battle with Manchester City. After a scoreless draw in which the t...

Rio Ferdinand is disappointed to have seen hugging takeover a once fierce battle with Manchester City.

After a scoreless draw in which the two rival clubs showed each other way too much respect, Harry Maguire was caught hugging City defender John Stones.

It showed that passion is defusing from what should be the most highly-charged of contests. If the players can’t show desire and determination to beat such a rival, should we have concerns about them long term?

Paul Scholes praised the defensive efforts of Manchester United trio Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof in the 0-0 derby draw against Manchester City. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lacked ambition in one of the worst Manchester derbies in modern history.

Neither side sustained periods of attacking pressure and both ended up settling for a draw at Old Trafford.

But United’s defenders deserve credit for an organised showing as they nullified the threat from Pep Guardiola’s talented forwards.

Luke Shaw earned Stretty News’ man-of-the-match in Sunday’s player ratings, but Scholes picked out his three defensive teammates for recognition at full-time.

You go right back to that Tottenham game where they had a massive shock conceding six goals they had to change the way they were playing,” Scholes told Premier League Productions, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News. 

“They had to play the two holding midfielders to protect the centre halves because they were giving chances away all the time.

“I thought Sterling was poor tonight, I thought Wan-Bissaka did well against him. Defensively, Wan-Bissaka throws himself into challenges, Lindelof was as good as he probably has been and Maguire was good.”

Ultimately, a draw can be seen as a positive result for United despite the argument a dishevelled City were there for the taking.

Solskjaer’s men lost little ground on their direct rivals after Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool all dropped points this weekend.

Confidence should also be taken from a defensive effort vastly improved from the debacle in Leipzig four days earlier.

United next take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Thursday before welcoming old rivals Leeds United to Old Trafford on Sunday.

Ferdinand rightly points out that “hugs all around” would not have been accepted during Sir Alex Ferguson’s iconic reign at Old Trafford.

This is a call to Maguire and others who don’t yet understand how they should carry themselves as United players…

“Boring Manchester derby,” Ferdinand told FIVE“Normally there’s pushing and shoving, normally there’s some needle in the game, some goals. This was just a 0-0 borefest, and at the end hugs all around.

“I think it’s been well documented on social media. Listen, the new generation are different, we can’t expect them to be the same as the way we were. We weren’t hugging and kissing any Man City players or Liverpool players when we were playing because it was just a mad rivalry.

“Didn’t like them, didn’t like being at their stadium for longer than we needed to be, didn’t want to bump into any City fans during the week or after and the players, we were amicable. I get on with Joleon Lescott, Vinny Kompany among others, Joe Hart, Gareth Barry, all players who played for Man City at the time.

“But during the time we weren’t close and hugs wouldn’t have been part of what we were doing. A good shake of the hand, ‘how are you doing mate’ with a grimace. There was an undertone there because we were rivals, it’s as simple as that.

“I don’t understand, I don’t get the hugging really. It’s not something I’ve done, I would’ve been on at people for doing it. But I understand this generation are different.

“I’ll never forget, and this is what needs to happen. When I played for Man United, the first Manchester derby I played in was at Maine Road, the old Man City stadium.

“We got beat 3-1 I think, [Shaun] Goater scored a couple and they beat us. Coming into the changing room I could feel it, I could sense the atmosphere. Sat down, Ruud van Nistelrooy walks in with a Man City shirt. He’d swapped a shirt.

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