Newcastle United forward Callum Wilson surprisingly named the out-of-form Manchester United star he'd pick in his team "every day of the week".
Eddie Howe's men travel to Old Trafford on Sunday to take on the Red Devils, who have endured a stuttering start under new boss Erik ten Haag. It's been all change under the Dutchman's stewardship, with one former key figure struggling to get in the side.
Despite starting the first two fixtures of the Premier League season, centre-back Harry Maguire has only made one appearance since August 13, which was a 10-minute cameo against Arsenal early last month.
It's led to some questioning whether the England star will make it into Gareth Southgate's squad for the World Cup this winter, but Wilson was quick to heap praise on the defender.
Speaking on BBC Sounds' Footballers' Football Podcast he said: "I feel for Harry because he's an unbelievable player. This little tricky period won't last and he'll work his way out of it as he's that kind of character.
"It's a shame to see as a fellow professional struggle, and as someone who has played with him and against him, I know he's a good player.
"I'd take him in my team every day of the week, that's how I rate him. When you're such a high profile player and you play for Man United and England you're under the spotlight a lot more."
Fellow podcast host, West Ham striker Michail Antonio also commented on widespread criticism that Maguire had received.
He said: "There's one person I've always thought about and been worried about over the last couple of years and that was Harry Maguire. The amount of stick he's been getting, constantly.
"People need to start realising he's a human being. If you want to give stick, give stick for that night and then leave it, let the boy live his life. How is he meant to rejuvenate his career when all he can do is constantly see negativity about himself?"