The centre-back had a miserable time for the Red Devils as they lost 6-1 to Tottenham at home before the international break.
He has continued his problems during the recent international break, getting sent off during England's 1-0 loss to Denmark at home.
The 27-year-old cut a miserable figure as he walked off the field after getting the red card in the first half of the game.
"In these situations - that I've been in as well - you sometimes need to be taken out of the oven," said Ferdinand, per the BBC.
"[Manchester United manager] Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] has a big job on his hands and I think quite an important role to play in this.
"Whether maybe it's time to give him a little rest, let him gather himself and build that confidence back up.
"That's what happened and I was fine. It's just sometimes that bit of pressure being taken out that can actually help you."