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Ronaldo: I love United and considered return

Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or for the second time last night, becoming only the second person (after the Brazilian Ronaldo) to win the award twice with as much as a five year gap. In the lead up to the awards there were lots of reports on Rio Ferdinand trying to convince Ronaldo to return [...]

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s Best XI

If Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography proves anything about his time in charge then it’s that we were truly blessed. During his 27 years at Old Trafford, United played, for the most part, expansive, attacking football utilising some of the finest players ever to have graced these shores. Ferguson has repeatedly stated how fortunate he feels [...]

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My Decade As A Red

Rio Ferdinand’s autobiography begins with a foreword from Sir Alex Ferguson, where he lists the greatest central defenders the club has ever had, and names Rio amongst the finest he’s seen. The book then looks at the early days of Rio’s career, where he reveals that it was Frank Lampard’s dad who got him in [...]

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Rio reveals Fergie’s speech to young players at Stadium of Light

Rio reveals Fergie’s speech to young players at Stadium of Light

Speaking at his book launch for his autobiography, “My Decade As A Red”, Rio Ferdinand talked about how Sir Alex Ferguson inspired the players to reclaim the league title last season. “It was weird,” said Rio. “All of last season, because all of the credits were all Man City winning and that goal, you’re watching [...]

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Rio: First title and Moscow were the best moments of my career

Rio: First title and Moscow were the best moments of my career

Speaking at his book launch for his autobiography, “My Decade As A Red”, Rio Ferdinand talked about how great it felt to win the title for the first time with United in 2003. “It was a dream come true,” said Rio. “You think it’s never going to happen. I’d been playing professional football for seven [...]

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Rio: I hated Arsenal and Chelsea

Rio: I hated Arsenal and Chelsea

Speaking at his book launch for his autobiography, “My Decade As A Red”, Rio Ferdinand talked about United’s rivalry with Liverpool, and how he felt after scoring a last minute winner to beat them in 2005. “John Barnes was my favourite player as a kid,” said Rio. “On my estate, most of the kids loved [...]

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Rio: Moyes Is Enthusiastic And Has Desire To Be Successful

Rio Ferdinand has sung the praises of new manager David Moyes, claiming he is keen to maintain the success of his predecessor. “We’ve got a manager who’s very enthusiastic,” Ferdinand told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. “He’s young and has got the desire and appetite to be successful. After the manager we had, that was very much [...]

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Will Rooney Listen To Rio?

Will Rooney Listen To Rio?

Today’s papers have been reporting on “Rio’s advice for Rooney” but the reality is the quotes attributed to Rio Ferdinand are all about his own relationship with the club, and nothing to do with Wayne Rooney. Whilst Ferdinand isn’t the most popular player amongst some United fans, but for any of his flaws, he cannot [...]

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Rio: Captaining CL Win Against Chelsea Was Phenomenal

Rio: Captaining CL Win Against Chelsea Was Phenomenal

Rio Ferdinand has reflected on his eleven years at the club and he said that winning the title in his first season was the biggest highlight. He also had a special mention for the 2008 Champions League final when he captained the club in our victorious game over Chelsea. “Winning the first Premier League trophy, [...]

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Rio: Giggs makes me feel inadequate

In his 11 seasons at Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand has won six Premier League titles, the European Cup, two League Cups and the FIFA Club World Cup. However, our defender isn’t content with his trophy haul because he is reminded daily by the presence of some of his team mates that he could have won [...]

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Rio: You don’t turn United down

Rio: You don’t turn United down

With United linked to a whole host of big name players this summer, Rio Ferdinand has urged any player who United approach not to turn down the opportunity to play for our club. “If United come in for you, you take it,” Ferdinand said. “Even if you are a great player you become a better [...]

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Rio: United fans are the best in the world

Rio: United fans are the best in the world

Manchester United have today announced that Rio Ferdinand will have a testimonial on August 9th against Sevilla. It seems strange timing, given that the player marked his 10th year at the club last summer, having signed for United in July 2002. You would think he either should have had it last year or planned to [...]

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STATS: Our defenders compared to Chelsea’s, City’s and Arsenal’s

STATS: Our defenders compared to Chelsea’s, City’s and Arsenal’s

Tackles per game Minutes per foul Passing accuracy Tackles won Ground duels won Aerial duals won Interceptions per game

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Rio: Who wouldn’t want to play for United?

Rio: Who wouldn’t want to play for United?

Rio Ferdinand has agreed a new one year extension deal to keep him at the club until the end of next season. “I am delighted to have signed a new contract,” he said. “Who wouldn’t want to play in this fantastic team in front of 76,000 fans each week? It has been an incredible journey [...]

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STATS: Season review – The defence

STATS: Season review – The defence

Summary of defensive impact – Evra (82%), Smalling (80%) and Evans (76%) won the largest proportion of their tackles. – Ferdinand (74%), Evans (72%) and Vidic (61%) won the largest proportion of ground duels. – Vidic (67%), Smalling (64%) and Jones/Evra (62%) won the largest proportion of aerial duals. – Rafael (10 minutes), Evra (11 [...]

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