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Rio: Winning trophies I dreamed about came true at this great club

Following reports in the press that Rio Ferdinand has not been offered a new deal, the defender has confirmed that he will be leaving the club this summer.

“I have thought long and hard over the last few months about my future and, after 12 fantastic years playing for what I regard as the best club in the world, I have decided the time is right for me to move on,” he said. “I joined Manchester United in the hope of winning trophies, and never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined how successful we would be during my time here. There have been so many highlights, playing alongside some great players who have become good friends, winning my first Premier League title and also that fantastic night in Moscow are memories that I will cherish forever. Circumstances didn’t allow for me to say goodbye the way I would have liked but I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my team-mates, staff, the club and the fans for an unbelievable 12 years that I’ll never forget. Winning trophies I dreamed about as a kid came true at this great club. I am feeling fit and healthy, ready for a new challenge and looking forward to whatever the future holds for me.”

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  1. Chris says:

    I have to say that I’m surprised the club has let Rio go considering that Vida has also left and it leaves us with no senior CB, Smalling and Jones are nowhere near ready to take over and I feel Evans needs an experienced hand alongside him.

    Rio is one of those who divides opinion but his partnership with Vida has been fantastic as they complimented each other perfectly much like Brucey and Pally. I’ve always been a huge admirer of Rio and am sad to see him go without being able to say a proper farewell to the supporters.

    Good luck Rio, you were fantastic for us and I wish you all the best in the future.

  2. WilliamAR says:

    It makes me laugh reading folks comments on how Shaw is not worth 27 million just because hes either too young or its because he English or that hes a left back and thats too expensive for a left back.


    Age – irrelevant
    Nationality – irrelevant
    Position – a full back is just as important as any other position, its just a diffrrent discipline therefore the value shouldnt be deemed less than any other position. On current form Shaw is better in his position than Rooney is at being a striker therefore his value is justified.

    Some of you guys need to come out of the nineties and into the present.

  3. samuel - united WE stand says:

    The value is not justified, however it is the paying rate and it is a position united do need to sort out.. the club will just have to what they have to do, everyone else does it.

  4. ashtheking says:

    Phil jones is just 22 and that is a very young age for a defender. A defender starts to grow from 24-25. Jones hasn’t been that bad this season. Scored some goals and his man marking is really good. To say he will be like o Shea is a funny statement. I just wish the manger plays him as a central defender and not as a rb as he is not a rb.

  5. lecho says:

    If You’re Soton they you’re demanding as much as someone else is willing to pay. This is how it works.

  6. Chris says:

    This is not going to be a summer for bargain basement shopping like we have seen in previous years; if its going to take ridiculous bids to get the best players in then its something we just have to do otherwise we will be left behind.

    I see the ‘transfer warchest’ has gone down though! From a rumoured 200m to 100m which ain’t gonna be enough to get the amount of top class players in that we need.

  7. Chris says:

    Also, with Rio leaving I believe its imperative that Pat is kept on for another season otherwise we have lost all that experience in the back line – Pat can cover Shaw and still be an extremely positive voice in the dressing room and on the training pitch.

  8. MrC says:

    @WilliamAR says:

    ‘It makes me laugh reading folks comments on how Shaw is not worth 27 million just because hes either too young or its because he English or that hes a left back and thats too expensive for a left back.’

    It makes me laugh how some folks think that money is no object. Whatever it takes my arse! If that’s the case why then not go the whole hog and offer £50m for the kid, or £70m or whatever random number pops into your head. Football is business, and as in other areas of business if you acquire a reputation for paying over the odds then expect to be overcharged. £27m for Fellaini, £120k/week for Ashley Young, clogging up the payroll and bed blocking the kids coming through. Even £300k/wk for Rooney is taking the piss.

    As for Rooney, Rooney at 18 was a prodigy, a world class attacking player / forward in the making, where talent world wide is at a premium, so was well worth the punt for the longer term. In contrast, Shaw, fine player though he might be, is still a left back.

    Anyway, I’d like to know who’s making these calls – is Woodward playing at Director of Football? Has our manager in waiting been consulted? Bring on LVG asap to sort the place out.

  9. samuel - united WE stand says:

    and at an age of which he must start carving his own path and start nailing down a position.. it is not about ”being bad” or ”feeling sorry” for a player.. it is about progress. manchester united does not stand still and if jones isn’t moving with the required progress needed for this level and keeps being moved around.. he will indeed be a jack of all trade. that is the reality.

  10. Gary Mitrovic says:

    MrC, I agree with William and Samuel. United will gain a reputation for paying over the odds? No shit. We nearly always have to pay over the odds like any other top club in the world. We really can’t be penny pinching this summer and signing an 18 year old left back who’s one of the most sought after in the game is a long term investment. We spent that much on Rio and bloody hell did he return that money. It’s a position that needs addressing and the club are doing something about it.

  11. samuel - united WE stand says:

    well yes, whatever the owning club demands.. you don’t pay, you do not get the player.. of course negotiations will occur and a fee settled on but more often than not, it is an inflated fee.. united are not in the position to go around playing hard bargain… if people still think they’ll pay for lobsters with dust then they are misguided..

  12. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Gary – i think the transfer window has ballooned. 50mill is now the 5mill.. players more often than not have this price-tag due to mixture of hype, potential or proven quality.. Shaw has the latter two.. you look at the player, the quality and the gap of improvement he’ll possibly make.. it will be a sound investment if he goes on to be the player he can be.. the price is not the ideal but the club desperately need to fix this mess, it is not in the position to over-evaluate things, that was primarily the reason why last summer messed up (along with moyes incompetency of course). Now, this club has to be decisive and deal its business as wise, swift and efficient as possible.

  13. WilliamAR says:


    It’s not about money being no object, it’s about what’s the going rate and if the player is worth the value being asked for or offered, then in the current market they are worth the cost. Shaw is 18 so even at 30 million never mind 27 million he is worth it given united’s revenue and the talent the boy already shows. imagine what he’ll be worth when he’s 25 given the ever inflating market should he carry on developing like he should at that age and decide to move on. Even then imagine what he’s worth to our squad if he carries on improving even though he’s already pretty accomplished and makes united his team for the remainder of his career. With Shaw we are thinking long term so his price tag is definitely justified. and even if at some point he decides to move on to a big paying club in the future (providing he joins us of course), you only have to put into perspective what his level is in terms of being a sell-able asset. If the lad can play that well at left back in the most physically demanding league in the world at 18 what can he do in the other slow boring sluggish leagues throughout Europe. It would be a piece of piss to the guy, so 27 million for me is a steal if we pull it off.

  14. Mark Reid says:

    We need bout five players(not counting the youth)that’s about 150 mil@an average of 30 mil so thers your money.Vangaal will be shrewd he won’t spend it all at once.

  15. Ezzerguru says:

    The transfer sums that we’re talking about of late are staggering. Imagine what Sir Alex could have achieved if he’d managed to talk some sense into the Glazers and got them to invest properly. Sadly he opted to toe the party line and came out with that statement I don’t think I’ll ever get my head around. “There’s no value in the market”. Why won’t I understand him saying it? Because A: it wasn’t even true, the likes of Sjneider and Robbben were going for peanuts and B: you create the value, by buying the best players and winning trophies… the money just rolls in after that.

    Anyway it’s spilt milk… so bring on the new era.

  16. keanoisdaman says:

    @Mrc so was gareth bale and so was Roberto carlos….just sayin like.

  17. Dev says:

    This is ridiculous.

    At the end of the day, as good as Luke Shaw is, I am DAMN certain that there will be alternatives that can be had for less than the ransom that Southampton is asking for him. Until all those alternatives have been exhausted, why settle for what could potentially be mediocrity for such a potentially enormous price?

    At the same time, I don’t buy the argument that there is “no value in the market” and all that waffle. There needs to be a balance. We don’t go full retard like the likes of City (or Leicester, judging from recent news reports) and blow 200m just because we’re the biggest club in the world. That’s just stupid.

    An example can be seen with how much Southampton paid for Scheniderlin, a player i’m quite fan of. He didn’t cost them much yet his impact and talent is undeniable. Anyway, United are a big club and we should have the scouting prowess to uncover such talents without having to spend a bomb. As I recall correctly, Patrice Evra didn’t cost a whole lot either and he’s going to Brazil ahead of Clichy.

    I’m no footballing talent scout, but perhaps France would be a good place to start, after all they do have a history of great full backs from the likes of Lizarazu to Thuram (although he was increasingly shifted to the centre, if I recall correctly) to Eric Abidal, Patrice Evra, Mikael Silvestre (he gave us good service until he was flogged off to the Gunners).

    All i’m saying is we don’t necessarily have to pay big bucks, however replacing a huge Evra-shaped figure will be a challenging task.

  18. keanoisdaman says:

    Good one dev….hurry up and phone utd up right away…..and stop utd spunking a shed full of cash at the first left back they bump into…..tell them to hire some scouts and send them to different countries and that!!! Wow…I think you may have stumbled onto something here.

  19. Dev says:

    Missed the point fuckhead.

    All i’m saying is stop the fucking unrealistic bullshit like Toni Kroos and Marco Reus, paying through the nose for mediocre talent and actually look for talent elsewhere.

    It’s that fucking bloody simple.

    What have you suggested so far? More Champ Manager fantasies? Let’s buy Edinson Cavani and the whole Dortmund midfield?

    Fucking retard.

  20. keanoisdaman says:

    Don’t cry dav…just pulling your leg….I just found it funny that you think utd don’t have scouts all over the world looking for players in every position…..maybe shaw is the best that they have seen that they think they can get??? haha

  21. Dev says:

    Actually, no, I didn’t think that.

    Reading comprehension doesn’t seem to be a strong point of yours though, that seems obvious.

  22. Tommy says:


    If you think Shaw is a mediocre talent then I sugest you watch him (If you were refering to him), Like I have said repeatadly, hes the best full back ive seen playing against United in the last couple of years and at such a young age, we have to pay the money for him, simple as that

  23. MrC says:

    @keanoisdaman : “@Mrc so was gareth bale and so was Roberto carlos….just sayin like.”

    Hmm. My earlier post (May 13, 2014 at 06:12) said:

    “£27m for an 18 year old left back? Unless we’re talking about a Gareth Bale clone in the making that’s way too much for a teenage left back, talented or not!.”

    So you are saying that Shaw has the makings of a Bale or Roberto Carlos? That’s a big call. Just saying like…


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