Ferdinand responds to Ferguson’s Man United world-class list
Rio Ferdinand asks Sir Alex Ferguson where was his name on his world-class list
Rio Ferdinand has broken his silence after he was omitted from Sir Alex Ferguson’s list of world-class Manchester united players.
The former Red Devils manager named Eric Cantona, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo as the four top-class players that the Scot coached during his 25-year career.
However, noticeable absentees included his former captain Roy Keane, England’s record outfield appearance maker David Beckham and Dutch forward Ruud van Nistelrooy.
And Ferdinand, who won the Champions League with United in 2008, discussed his omission on his Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon.
“What equates to being world class??” Ferdinand wrote on his Facebook page.
“Sir Alex Ferguson named 4 players from his time at MUFC as being ‘world class’ (where was mine among a few other names boss!!)
“How does he judge a player to be world class? Performing in the big games; Consistency; A high level of ability in all areas of the game; Great goalscorer; Great saves; Great tackler; Influential leader; Match winning contributor.
“That list could go on and on with many different areas to judge upon! There is no common rule that serves up the criteria.
“It’s a great debate to have amongst friends – we’ve all done it!”
Ferdinand went on to analyse what attributes make up a world-class player, examining goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and strikers.
“Above are some of the traits that a player needs to be considered world class…so what does a midfielder, a defender or a keeper need to be considered….
“Can a midfielder run games consistently, can they score important goals, assists,carry the team, control games,be responsible, do they have the personality to take the ball in any situation at any time….
“Can a defender dominate all types of strikers, can he influence others to perform better, are they vocal, a leader, do they have consistency, perform in big games, are they brave, can they play/pass…
“Can a keeper make game changing saves, are they consistent, are they leaders, personality…
“These are some of the things you would have to consider when calling someone world class.”
The former England centre-half became the most-expensive defender in the world following his $31m move to United from Leeds United.
Ferdinand won six Premier League titles, the Champions League and three League Cups during a 11-year career at Old Trafford.