Rio Ferdinand came back in to the Manchester United first team after missing the first four games of the season with a calf injury.

With less than a minute played, Rio was watching Jermaine Defoe score a cracking goal to put us 1-0 behind.

“It was a bit of a wake-up call, it hits home the fact you’re back playing in the first team again,” he added. “But we responded in the right manner, getting the ball down and playing some of our best football this season.”

Ferdinand has admitted he’s had a hard time watching the matches instead of playing, so is relieved to be back fighting fit.

“When you’re out injured it’s never good to sit and watch in the stands or be restless at home while the lads are playing,” said Rio. “So it’s great to be involved in the squad again.”




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