Man United’s Sir Alex Ferguson: It’s been Rio Ferdinand’s best season
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says Rio Ferdinand has enjoyed his best season at Old Trafford
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has produced his “best season” at Old Trafford.
The 34-year-old has been able to carefully manage a long-standing back injury to be almost ever-present at the heart of the Red Devils’s defence throughout their title-winning campaign.
Ferdinand, who joined United in a £29.1m deal from Leeds United in 2002, has made 26 Premier League appearances this term, more than any other Red Devils centre-half.
And Ferguson has been impressed by Ferdinand’s performances, admitting the England international has been an important cog in the Scotsman’s triumphant side.
“Rio Ferdinand has had his best season at the club,” Ferguson told BBC Sport.
“We have had continual problems with the centre-backs being fit. Nemanja Vidic has missed half a season, Chris Smalling has missed most of the season,
“Phil Jones missed a good bit and Jonny Evans missed parts but Rio has managed his situation very well.
“Although we have left him out of certain games because we have managed him the right way, at the most important times he has been there.”
Ferdinand has scored seven goals in 430 appearances for United after joining from Leeds.