Maguire has missed United’s first two games back after the World Cup due to a bout of illness but was named among the substitutes for Saturday’s trip to Molineux.
With Lisandro Martinez also still absent, regular left-back Shaw was shifted inside to partner Raphael Varane in United’s last game and impressed in his new role in the 3-0 win against Nottingham Forest.
Maguire, along with Victor Lindelof who has also struggled with illness, was only deemed fit enough for the bench against Wolves but former United defender Ferdinand argued that the England international should be fit enough to play if he is in the squad.
With Shaw preferred to the club captain by Erik ten Hag, Ferdinand viewed the decision as a damming indictment of Maguire’s future at Old Trafford, insisting he would be looking for a transfer if in his shoes.
‘This is not long-term,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport of Shaw starting at centre-half.
‘It did raise my eyebrows when I saw Lindelof and Maguire on the bench. If they weren’t fit they wouldn’t be on the bench. If they weren’t able to play some part of the game they wouldn’t be on the bench.
‘So I am thinking if I am him in his shoes, I would be saying, find me somewhere else where I can go and enjoy my football and be playing regularly.’
Fellow United legend Paul Scholes agreed with Ferdinand’s comments, believing Maguire is now ten Hag’s ‘last choice’ option at the back.
‘It is difficult. The form he has been in has not been great and now he has Luke Shaw playing in front of him now. He is the last choice centre half now with even Shaw ahead of him.’