Speaking to Betfair, Dimitar Berbatov said: “I played with some great leaders at Manchester United, such as Nemanja Vidic and Wayne Rooney, and when things are not going well for the team the finger is always pointed at the captain.
“Harry Maguire can perform better. He knows that. The mistakes he is making are damaging his ability to lead the team. He needs to correct his positioning and work on his decision-making. It’s not easy, when you are under pressure.
“But I have been there and that is the nature of playing for a top club. It is part of being a professional. You need to deal with it. Ralf Rangnick can step in here. Maybe he needs to give Maguire a rest and give somebody else a chance.”
Maguire was at fault for at least two of Manchester City’s goals in the disappointing 4–1 defeat away at the Etihad in the Premier League last week.
Man United host Tottenham on Saturday but it remains to be seen whether Rangnick will drop the skipper for Victor Lindelof or Eric Bailly.