Chris Smalling, the #12 for Manchester United is developing into a very competitive and intelligent ball-playing centre-back. Perhaps, he is viewed as the heir apparant to Rio Ferdinand in this role. So what attributes make a great Manchester United centre-back? Here's what Smalling has to say: 1. Concentration - Concentration is a big one.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says David Moyes' approach to picking the Manchester United team is turning him "into a madman". He told BT Sport: "This manager's a bit different in that he doesn't name the team beforehand. You don't really get to know the team. The old manager used to give you a kind [.
Landed in Germany....just....I've only just recovered after that choppy landing! #TouchedCloth !! #mufc Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) November 26, 2013 Manchester United's plane had to abort its landing to avoid crashing. The plane was just 400metres from the ground when the pilot spotted another plane on the runway at at Cologne-Bonn airport and took evasive [.
Rio Ferdinand has claimed that despite a stuttering start to the season, Manchester United are still a force to be reckoned with in the title race and that he isn't worried about the look of the current Premier League table, for the only that matters is to be at the top of the pile after the last game of the season.
Rio Ferdinand has admitted he is considering hanging up his boots at the end of the season. The 35-year-old says he is just concentrating on getting to the end of the current campaign before making a final decision on his future. The former England captain is out of contract in the summer and a new [.
Rio Ferdinand says Sir Alex Ferguson told him Ravel Morrison was the best youngster he had ever seen. The former Manchester United boss invited his centre-back to watch Morrison training with the youth team to see just how good he was. Ferdinand told BT Sport: "Ever since the first day I saw him, the old [.
Manchester United appear to be slowly finding the consistency that made them a force to reckon with under Sir Alex Ferguson for more than 20 years. United did have a tough start to life in the David Moyes, but they are unbeaten in the last eight matches after the goalless draw with Real Sociedad. However, they have only shown flashes of their United swagger during this period.
Manchester United have been granted a brief reprieve with their 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Stoke City today. But for many supporters, the performance of the team for the majority of the match was extremely poor. If it weren't for the efforts of Wayne Rooney, Adnan Januzaj, David de Gea and Chicharito, the Red Devils would have been answering some serious questions following the match at Old Trafford.
When people would speak about Alex Ferguson the football manager, their words would come off as nothing more than the old platitudes we could all do without. "Ferguson sets high standards" –well, who doesn't? But perhaps it isn't as empty and banal as we think.
Several Manchester United footballers attended a NBA game last night to relax while on their international break.
United players Adnan Januzaj, David de Gea, Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher and former players Andy Cole and Quinton Fortune watched the game in the same arena as Patrick Vieira, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Jack Rodwell, Curtis Davies, Fabrice Muamba and others.
A host of Manchester United's non-international players took in some basketball this evening. The champions' new hero Adnan Januzaj was courtside. Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher, David De Gea and youth teamer Scott Johnstone were also among the crowd for the clash between Oklahoma City Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers at Manchester's Phones4U Arena Ferdinand said: "It's [.
On a day where Manchester United veteran and player coach, Ryan Giggs has come out in support of his manager and claims the players are to blame, his veteran teammate and defender, Rio Ferdinand has done the same via his official Twitter account.
While Giggs spoke to the media as quoted by the Mail that, "I can't quite put my finger on it, we have just not played as well as we can both individually and as a team," Ferdinand was commenting back to a fan with his own admission of failings lately.
David Moyes has confirmed that Rio Ferdinand, Anderson, Fabio and Wilf Zaha haven't travelled to Ukraine for tomorrow's game against Shakhtar Donetsk. Both Zaha and Fabio played in last night's U-21 game against Bolton so were never likely to be in contention.
Talking specifically about Rio, Moyes said: "I was never bringing him anyway but he has a slight groin problem.
Manchester United could be ready move for Benfica centre-back Ezequiel Garay at last. The 26-year-old has been scouted by the champions for years, which means he has been a regular name in the Premier League rumour mill over the last few seasons. Now, David Moyes is set to bring the player long considered to be [.
"And the award for looking most like a cartoon camel goes to...Rio Ferdinand!"
There are many strings to Rio Ferdinand's bow, what with him being all media savvy, having a brand and owning a restaurant and what not.
Noticing a hole in the football awards calendar in between the PFA awards, the Ballon d'Or, the Football League awards, the LMA awards, the FWA awards, the UEFA club football awards, the FIFPro awards, etc, etc, Rio has decided to launch his own awards bash, the "Footies", which we are reliably informed is "the Oscars" of the football industry in much the same way that the CEEQUALS are the Oscars of the sewage and waste treatment industry.
5 Things To Look Forward To In The Manchester Derby - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Sundaysees the first Manchester Derby of the season take place at the Etihad Stadium. Even though it is only the 5th game in the league for both sides, this derby is one of great significance. With new managers at the helm for both sides, victory in this game will be a huge psychological advantage for both sides.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand revealed his emotions after last night's 4-2 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen, and made it no secret that the Germans' two goals bothered him. Ferdinand made a rare two starts in the span of a week following his performance against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and was disappointed to see Bayer Leverkusen score two second half goals.
Chelsea are the latest team to express an interest in Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire. We reported earlier this week that Manchester United had been scouting the 20-year-old for months and were ready to make a move in January. If United see Maguire as a long-term replacement for Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand, it seems [.
Manchester United are lining up Sheffield United centre-back Harry Maguire as a long-term replacement for Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand. Media reports today suggest that the champions have been scouting the 20-year-old since last season when Sir Alex Ferguson was taking an interest. The 6ft 4in defender is rated at £4m, but that might rise [.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has piled the pressure on Real Madrid player Gareth Bale following the Welshman's record£86 million move before the transfer deadline. Bale's move was a summer long transfer saga thanks to the tough negotiating of Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, but Bale now finds himself playing alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has joined the chorus of footballing personalities calling for a quota for English players in the top flight. New FA chairman Greg Dyke last week made comments regarding the astonishing fact that only 32% of players in England's top flight last year were English, prompting him to ask the country to be creative in a solution.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has warned the club's competitors about the club's strength, reminding their rivals about the ease of last season's title win. The Red Devils have seen their title odds slip this season following a drab summer transfer window, resulting in only the signing of former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
Sturridge and Gerrard the difference as Liverpool impress - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Following a turbulent summer with regards to the Luis Suarez saga, one would forgive Liverpool if they started the season poorly, amidst a backdrop of uncertainty and instability at the club. The truth is however, the red half of Merseyside are in fine fettle, indeed this is now their finest start to a top flight campaign since the 1994, when they had a front two of Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has expressed his excitement for tomorrow's major clash against high-flying Liverpool. The two sides will meet at Anfield tomorrow in a bid to end the other's unbeaten run, as both clubs have started the season strongly.
Ferdinand talked up the rivalry between the two sides, pointing to the long-time successes of the two clubs.
Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala is rumoured to be a transfer target for Manchester United. Manager David Moyes is still hoping to strengthen his squad before Monday's transfer deadline. But after experiencing a frustrating summer chasing big-name targets, the Scot is ready to but the marquee signings on the backburner to bring Mangala to Old Trafford.
Manchester United team-mates Rio Ferdinand and Anders Lindegaard have taken each other on in a duel. The pair ditched the traditional cowboy gear and pistols in favour of... a penalty kick. Ferdinand and Lindegaard battle it out under the watchful eye of Patrice Evra.
One of the things that Ed Woodward saidabout Manchester United's poor summer transfer window was that new United boss David Moyes wanted to "spend time with the squad" to understand what he had before deciding on what he needed to add via the transfer market.
Well four months later and Moyes should have a pretty good idea by now about who fits into his plans and who doesn't so that he can now start to shape the squad the way he wants.
In this weekly column, I take a look back at the weekend's English Premier League and domestic cup action and the talking points that it throws up, as well as any significant news related to English football at large. Follow me @vincetalksfooty for regular updates throughout the week.
New FA Chairman Greg Dyke's comments with regards to the future of the England national team and the influx of foreign players in the Premier League have been met with a very mixed reaction, with the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard showing support for his comments and views, whilst others such as Damien Comolli and Paolo Di Canio have been far more critical of what the new man at the FA has had to say on the matter.
Domestic success for English footballers in the Premier League won't be the only thing resting on the minds of players this season. In less than a year, English footballers up and down the country will be desperate to book their seat on the flight to Brazil World Cup 2014. Hopefuls know they will have to endure a successful domestic season, at least, to put them within contention of being selected.
If Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography proves anything about his time in charge then it's that we were truly blessed. During his 27 years at Old Trafford, United played, for the most part, expansive, attacking football utilising some of the finest players ever to have graced these shores.
Ferguson has repeatedly stated how fortunate he feels to have had so many great footballers in his charge, and picking a best team of his managerial reign is no simple task.
In September of 2012 Chelsea captain John Terry removed himself from contention for the English National team.
His reasoning due to being convicted of using racial language towards then Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand whom is the younger brother of Terry's National team defensive partner Rio Ferdinand.
A promising debut for an 18-year-old, an exquisite freekick from a player who had looked poised to join one of United's direct rivals throughout the summer and the first glimpse of the only significant signing to arrive in the transfer window would, normally, be enough reason to be cheerful.
Except that the 2-0 win matured against a newly-promoted side who spent the entire second half playing with 10 men after conceding a rather dubious penalty and that United barely looked to be playing with the handbrake on for large spells of the game.
In England's Defense... - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Central defence is a burden on this current England squad and for coach Roy Hodgson, filling the gaping hole between ‘old' and ‘new' is vital. Out the retirement door went Rio Ferdinand and John Terry. Before them, Sol Campbell, Tony Adams and Martin Keown.