Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand vows to silence bullies
Rio Ferdinand wants Manchester United to keep winning silverware to make the school run more bearable
Rio Ferdinand has admitted he wants to keep winning trophies at Manchester United to keep the playground bullies quiet.
The 33-year-old, who has won five Premier League titles with the Red Devils, revealed that dropping his children off at school can be a difficult experience after a disappointing performance.
“When you’re walking up the path to school, dropping your kids off, you don’t want little kids laughing at you or making fun of you because you’ve been beaten by so-and-so,” Ferdinand told United’s website.
“But that’s what happens if you lose games or get knocked out of competitions.
“Young kids can be unforgiving. There’s nothing in their minds that goes: ‘he plays football, leave him alone’. If anything, they’re even worse for it.
“But there’s still a little kid inside of me who has pride and an ego and wants to make sure I can walk up that path and nobody can say anything to me because we’ve won.
“As soon as that feeling goes it’s time to pack up my boots.”
Ferdinand was part of the United side which beat Chelsea in the Champions League final in 2008, and the England defender is setting his sights on winning the Europa League this season.
“We just go out there and perform to the best of our capabilities,” Ferdinand added. “We know we’ve got fans to go out and impress and we want them talking about us in the right way.
“The management feel the same. As players we demand the highest standards of ourselves and if we don’t meet them the dressing room isn’t a nice place to be.”