Rio Ferdinand advises Man United pair how to stop Jamie Vardy
Rio Ferdinand tells Man United duo Daley Blind and Rio Ferdinand how to stop Leicester striker Jamie Vardy
Rio Ferdinand has told Manchester United centre-halves Daley Blind and Rio Ferdinand how to stop in-form Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.
The newly-capped England international can beat Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 successive Premier League games if Vardy nets against the Red Devils in Saturday’s late kick-off.
If I got tight then I would have to rely on my centre-back partner to cover behind me if the striker then turned me and got away
Vardy managed to score just five goals in 35 games in his first top-flight campaign last season, but the 28-year-old has already netted 13 times in 13 Premier League games this term.
Former United defender Ferdinand warned Blind and Smalling that they will have to work in tandem to stop Leicester’s goal machine at King Power Stadium tomorrow.
“If I was Claudio Ranieri I would be telling Vardy to run at Daley Blind from the word go,” Ferdinand told The Sun.
“Don’t get me wrong, Blind is a good player, but he lacks pace. So did I towards the end of my career so I had to either get tight on a quick attacker or drop deep to leave no room behind me.
“If I got tight then I would have to rely on my centre-back partner to cover behind me if the striker then turned me and got away.
“This is something Smalling is going to have to do and it is a big game for him tomorrow.
“He will have to stay composed because what Vardy does is create nervousness.”
United have conceded just two goals in their last five Premier League games.
The Red Devils are a point behind current leaders Leicester after a 2-1 win against Watford at Vicarage Road.
The Foxes were 3-0 winners at Newcastle United last weekend.