Harry Maguire hinted to the way in which Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho have had an adverse effect on the results of Man Utd in recent weeks.
Man Utd’s title challenge has stalled since the turn of the year after a run of just two wins from their last seven league matches.
Their most recent disappointment came at the hands of relegation threatened West Brom.
Club talisman Bruno Fernandes hauled his side back on level terms with another superb strike. But the second-half saw little in the way of goalmouth action as Man Utd were made to settle for a draw.
A key incident in the game centred around a penalty that was overturned after initially being awarded for a trip on Maguire.
Much has been made of Man Utd’s frequency at being awarded spot-kicks this season, not least from other top flight managers.
Liverpool boss Klopp referenced the Red Devils’ penalty record in a January rant. Furthermore, Tottenham manager Mourinho fired a verbal volley Fernandes’ way earlier in the season, stating (via the Daily Express): “What is important for him are the dimensions of the 18-yard box.
“He would never accept to play with a 17-yard box. I think he would prefer a 22-yard box. For him it would be better.”
These barbs appear to have rankled Maguire, who hinted their words have had an adverse effect on referees’ decision-making in Man Utd contests.
Speaking to in-house TV station MUTV (via the Daily Express) in the West Brom fallout, Maguire said: “Ever since other people from other teams spoke about us we’ve had absolutely nothing from the referee or VAR.
“At the moment we’re playing without them so we’ve got to make sure we’re not leaving the game in the hands of the referee or the VAR.”
Ferdinand endorses star’s Man Utd exit
Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand believes that Jesse Lingard should try and make his loan switch at West Ham into a permanent one this summer.
The midfielder has made an impresive start to life in London, having joined the Hammers in January.
Lingard scored twice on his debut in an away win over Aston Villa and starred again as the high-flying Hammers cruised a 3-0 win over Sheffield United on Monday evening.
The England international needed game time, after falling out of favour with Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. So far, West Ham looks to be the perfect fit.
To that end, Ferdinand feels that Lingard should look to move to the London Stadium permanently.
“What’s his ambition here, beyond this season, what is he [Lingard] looking to do?” Ferdinand told BT Sport.