'He should be embarrassed' – Rio Ferdinand criticises Manchester United star

Rio Ferdinand has criticised Harry Maguire and says the Manchester United captain should be ’embarrassed’ after he was accused of diving during the Premier League draw with bottom-placed West Brom.

England defender Maguire was awarded a penalty in the second-half of Sunday’s 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns but the decision was reversed after a VAR check.

Maguire later claimed he was ‘certain’ he was fouled by West Brom’s Semi Ajayi but Liverpool legend Graeme Souness was among those to disagree and slammed the Red Devils skipper for ‘diving’.

Giving his verdict on the penalty drama, Ferdinand told the FIVE YouTube channel: ‘If Harry’s being honest, he will have woke up the next morning and been embarrassed with what he did.

‘It’s not what you want to see from a defender. I don’t think that’s what he’s prided himself on throughout his career.

‘You try and be cute, I understand that, but you would be embarrassed really. He will watch it back and go, “bloody hell, what was I thinking?”’

Maguire was shocked at the reversal of the decision and said in a post-match interview: ‘I was so certain it was a penalty. I don’t understand why he’s been sent to check it.

‘I’m goalside of the defender, I feel a touch on my shoulder, he’s pulling me back, and then I feel a clip on my heels as well.

‘It was minimal, but it’s a penalty, especially after the referee points to the spot you think there’s no chance it’s getting overturned.

‘I was so confident it was going to be given, but it seems like the decisions at the moment are going against us. We can’t be relying on VAR though, we huffed and puffed and have to improve.’

Bruno Fernandes scored a superb volley to cancel out Mbaye Diagne’s early opener against West Brom but Manchester United could not find a winner on a frustrating afternoon.

The draw leaves United seven points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, who also have a game in hand.

Speaking after the draw, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: ‘I said we shouldn’t be talked about [in the title race]. A compliment for the boys we got into position we are now.

‘We won’t let them [Manchester City] run away with it – we’re playing them soon. We’re not giving it away early – no we’re not.’

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