Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United

United veteran keen to stay

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Since taking over the club in July, David Moyes has repeatedly stressed the need to rebuild his team and part ways with many players of the current crop, regardless of how successful or how important to the club they might be.

It is, therefore, slightly surprising to see one players widely expected to leave Old Trafford this summer declaring that he's determined to continue playing football with Manchester United, yet that's exactly what Rio Ferdinand did yesterday, when he announced his intentions to remain at the club beyond the summer.

Rio: “United have been embarrassing”

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Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he's scared of leaving the house and running the risk of having to confront disgruntled United fans and the 35-year-old centre-back has described the club's current season as "embarrassing".

A protest, planned by a group of fans ahead of tomorrow's game against Aston Villa, will see a small aircraft carrying a banner reading "Wrong One Moyes Out" flying above Old Trafford before kick-off tomorrow, while Ferdinand is the first senior figure to speak out about United's dismal campaign.

Premier League: Best XI since 2000

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Premier League: Best XI since 2000 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

English football has changed quite a bit since the turn of the century.

Way back in 2000, Kevin Phillips was the most feared striker in the top flight, while Manchester City were plying their trade in the old first division.

The four players Manchester United MUST sell this summer

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The four players Manchester United MUST sell this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's an old maxim in football that you build a team from the back. If the saying is true, it's one that David Moyes should take to heart when looking to rebuild his Manchester United squad. The backline of Rafael, Vidic, Ferdinand and Evra has had its days, and all must now be moved on if the new manager is to make his mark on the club.

Five Manchester United Players Set For A Summer Exit

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Five Manchester United Players Set For A Summer Exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United vice-chairman Edward Woodward has claimed that the club are gearing up for a major summer revamp, with a number of squad members set for the chop.

Woodward's words have cranked up the rumour mill once more, with a number of players thought to be on the verge of a summer exit from the club.

Manchester United eye Benatia and Varane as Vidic replacement

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Just two weeks have passed since the winter transfer window closed and Manchester United have already started to identify their summer targets. One of the key positions to be filled during summer will be central defense. With Nemanja Vidic set to leave United at the end of the season and Rio Ferdinand's future at Old Trafford in doubt, David Moyes is eyeing a long term replacement in the

“It was always going to take time”

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David Moyes has insisted that he's the right man for the job at Manchester United, despite the horrendous season the Reds have so far endured and the United manager has warned that it was "always going to take time" to rebuild the team he was left with by Sir Alex Ferguson.

With United now resigned to miss out on the Champions League for the first time in 19 years, next summer's transfer window could define the club's medium and long term future, given that United will have to replace the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra as well as hopefully signing a midfielder or two.

Rio Ferdinand left out of Man Utd’s Dubai trip

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Manchester United have left Rio Ferdinand out of training camp in Dubai amid speculation that the former England captain is about to quit football. The 35-year-old will remain in the UK as the rest of United's squad jet out to the Middle East for some warm weather training. David Moyes will take his players away [.

Vidic pointing the way ‘outta’ United and ‘Inter’ Milan this summer

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Vidic pointing the way 'outta' United and 'Inter' Milan this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

David Moyes is reportedly organizing an overhaul of Manchester United's faltering squad over the summer months, and news reports today suggest that centre-back Nemanja Vidic may be one of those to departOld Trafford.

What is Rio playing at?

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Things haven't gone well for United this season. Eight defeats in 24 Premier League games, 15 points adrift of league leaders Arsenal and seven points away from fourth spot, out of the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup all while playing utterly dire and pedestrian football. An absolute shambles, in other words.

United veteran not frozen out

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David Moyes has insisted that Rio Ferdinand hasn't been marginalised since the former Everton manager arrived at Old Trafford and Moyes has reiterated that the 35-year-old defender remains an important figure for the club.

Ferdinand has started just seven league games this campaign, but has played just once in the Premier League since September, with Moyes opting to play Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling at centre-back, while Ferdinand has picked up an injury against Swansea a month ago and hasn't played since.

Man Utd defender Rio Ferdinand wants to manage a London club within five years

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"@jamiesmith_uk: @rioferdy5 Where so you see yourself in 5 years time? #AskRio" > alive.....in London & managing in the PL!! Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) January 15, 2014 Manchester United veteran Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he wants to go into management after hanging up his boots. The 35-year-old wants to land a Premier League job [.

Ferdinand begged Ronaldo to rejoin Manchester United

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Rio Ferdinand recently revealed how he urged Cristiano Ronaldo last summer to rejoin Manchester United. The Portuguese superstar was unable to agree terms to a new contract during summer and it was widely speculated that he would leave Real Madrid. Sensing it would be a good time to encourage his old pal to come back to Old Trafford, Ferdinand contacted Ronaldo several times during the

Rio Ferdinand: Man United fans must stick with the team

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Manchester United fans must get get behind the team during their current slump in form, according to veteran defender Rio Ferdinand. He has compared the champions' fortunes this season with a transition period at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2005. He said: "We are just eager to get going again. At these types of moments [.

IN-DEPTH STATS: Individual Manchester United player contribution

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Most goals
Wayne Rooney 9
Robin van Persie 7
Danny Welbeck 6
Adnan Januzaj 3

Shots per game
Wayne Rooney 3.2
Robin van Persie 3
Adnan Januzaj 2
Danny Welbeck 1.8
Nani 1.6

Most assists
Wayne Rooney 9
Robin van Persie 2
Patrice Evra 2
Antonio Valencia 2

Passing accuracy
Tom Cleverley 90.

Manchester United – Three New Years Resolutions for 2014

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Manchester United Three New Years Resolutions for 2014 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League champions Manchester United are a club in transition after Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement and David Moyes' appointment as his successor in 2013.

The Old Trafford club end the year in sixth place, with the next 12 months seemingly set to define the new manager's early tenure at the club.

Rio Ferdinand to leave Manchester United in summer

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Rio Ferdinand is perhaps playing his last season in a Manchester United shirt! Ever since David Moyes has taken charge at Old Trafford, he has been looking to freshen things up by rebuilding the side and giving more opportunities to young players who bring in energy and stamina. There's no doubt Ferdinand is getting caught up by his age.

Man Utd’s Rio Ferdinand ‘Considering Retirement’ – Report

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Man Utd's Rio Ferdinand 'Considering Retirement' Report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd's Rio Ferdinand is considering retiring from the game at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old has found the amount of first team action under new manager David Moyes severely limited this season, and 'The Independent' claim that he is now mulling over whether to continue to fight for his place, or enter the world of football punditry.

3 Attributes to Become a Manchester United Centre-Back

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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.

Rio Ferdinand criticises David Moyes’ policy for naming Man Utd teams

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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 [.

Manchester United plane aborts landing in Germany

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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: “Don’t write us off yet”

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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.

Cardiff vs Manchester United: Five things we learned

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Cardiff vs Manchester United: Five things we learned - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A last-gasp equaliser from Kim Bo-kyung resulted in the spoils being shared between Cardiff and Manchester United on Sunday, in a breathless 2-2 encounter.

The hosts will be delighted with the point, while David Moyes will rue the fact that his side were on the verge of a much-needed away victory.

Man Utd veteran Rio Ferdinand considers retiring

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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 [.

Man Utd’s Rio Ferdinand: ‘Ravel Morrison was the best kid Fergie had ever seen’

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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 v Arsenal: Ferdinand Demands Consistency Ahead of Gunners' Visit

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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.

Only The Players Can Save Manchester United’s Season

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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.

Manchester United vs Real Sociedad: Preview + Possible Line-Ups + Prediction

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Manchester United vs Real Sociedad: Preview + Possible Line-Ups + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will face La Liga outfit Real Sociedad at the Old Trafford tonight, where the Red Devils will be looking to cement their position at the top of Group A table in the Champions League.

Manchester United’s Seven Deadly Sins: #7 – Wrath

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Wrath: Wanting toconfrontDante.

Ferguson's bloody hell, 1988

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.

PHOTOS – Manchester United Footballers At NBA Game

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PHOTOS Manchester United Footballers At NBA Game - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Some of Manchester United footballers spent a night of the international breakwatching a basketball match in Manchester.

Image Courtesy: NBAE/Getty Images

Teenage sensation Adnan Januzaj was spotted along with his club team-mates Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher and David De Gea.

Several Manchester United Players Attend NBA Game in UK While On International Break: Nightly Soccer Report

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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.

David Moyes

Rio Ferdinand’s #5 magazine deletes article criticising Man Utd boss David Moyes

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Rio Ferdinand's #5 magazine has been forced to delete an embarrassing article criticising his Manchester United manager David Moyes. The article was published with the title: "Time is running out for Moyes." The title was then changed to: "There's no let up due for Moyes." Now the article has been deleted from the website completely.

David Moyes With Some Big Decisions To Make Soon At Man United

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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.

Robin Van Persie

PICTURES: United squad meet Diego Maradona in Dubai

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Juan Mata, Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez, Phil Neville, Adnan Januzaj, Rio Ferdinand, Shinji Kagawa and Alexander Buttner posted pictures of themselves with Diego Maradona on their Instagram accounts.

United target Wembley showdown

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Having started 2014 in terrible fashion with consecutive home defeats against Spurs and Swansea, United travel to Sunderland tonight hoping to take another step towards the Capital One Cup final, at the moment the Reds' most realistic chance of silverware in this disgraced season.

Sunday's showing in the FA Cup was nothing short of embarrassing something we've become somewhat accustomed to in the first six months of the campaign and United must improve, if they're to secure a positive result against a side that might be bottom of the table, but will undoubtedly be fired up for the occasion.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo: I love United and considered return

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Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or for the second time last night, becoming only the second person (after the Brazilian Ronaldo) to win the award twice with as much as a five year gap.

In the lead up to the awards there were lots of reports on Rio Ferdinand trying to convince Ronaldo to return to Manchester.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Best XI

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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.

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Video: Liverpool old boys Carragher and Souness baffled that Man Utd have benched Rio Ferdinand

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Read the First Soccer Tweets From Key Twitter Accounts

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This week, Twitter turns 8 years old. Lucky for us they've developed a nice little tool that allows you to find the first tweets of anyone who isn't locked. It's been great fun, especially seeing how all of the great Twitterers out there started their "legacy". That being said, here's a few of the better first tweets from personalities IN and AROUND the soccer world.

Should This Chelsea Star Return to International Competition for England?

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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.