Rio Ferdinand not set to retire – David Moyes

11 February 2014
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Manchester United boss David Moyes has dismissed reports that Rio Ferdinand will miss a club trip to Dubai amid claims the defender is set to retire.

The Sun newspaper claimed Ferdinand, 35, had been left out of a five-day warm-weather training camp.

“What was written was a load of rubbish, complete nonsense,” Moyes said of Ferdinand’s reported omission.

Manchester United, who play Arsenal on Wednesday, lie 15 points off the top of the Premier League and nine off fourth.

More to follow.

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Rio Ferdinand: Manchester United defender out with knee injury

7 January 2014
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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is expected to be out for about two weeks with a knee injury.

The former England centre-back, 35, limped out of Sunday’s

FA Cup defeat by Swansea

and had a scan on Monday.

He has suffered bruising but has not sustained any damage to his ligaments, as was first feared.

Ferdinand is likely to miss three games but should be in contention for the League Cup semi-final second leg with Sunderland on 22 January.

United face Chelsea in the Premier League three days before that but Ferdinand is unlikely to be fit in time.

Manager David Moyes is already without forwards Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, winger

Ashley Young,


Marouane Fellaini

and defender

Phil Jones

through injury.

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2014 Fifa World Cup: Man Utd’s Rio Ferdinand joins BBC team

6 December 2013
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Rio Ferdinand will be part of the BBC punditry team for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, BBC Sport has announced.

The Manchester United defender and former England captain, 35, has 81 international caps and was selected in four World Cup squads.

He joins other former England players Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Phil Neville to provide analysis of the tournament in June and July.

“I really want to provide a different sort of insight and analysis,” he said.

Ferdinand is close friends with many of the England team and is on

Greg Dyke’s Football Association commission,

which was set up to improve the national team’s fortunes.

In addition to his punditry role, he will present a documentary and film features during the tournament and will have a special role with interactive and social media content.

“I want to interact with audiences throughout the summer, with special forums and using social media to answer viewer questions and provide extra content,” he said.

“I’ll be cheering on England, especially with quite a few of my club-mates involved. But there’ll be a great array of Premier League players on display throughout the tournament and I’m excited to see how they all perform on the big stage.”

Presenter Lineker believes Ferdinand’s forthright opinions will be popular with viewers.

“Rio has a reputation for telling it how it is and I’m sure audiences will look forward to hearing his opinions and insight in the studio,” he said.

“He is a fine footballer with a proven track record and has played with and against some of the top internationals who will be at the World Cup. We’re already incredibly proud of our BBC team and we’re delighted to add Rio to our line-up.”

BBC head of TV sport Philip Bernie said: “We are delighted to have Rio with us for the World Cup and believe he will be a real star of our coverage this summer,” he said.

“The BBC has a proud reputation of delivering the biggest names and highest quality coverage at major football tournaments and we are sure Rio will play a central part in helping us deliver this again.”

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Wayne Rooney mature enough to decide own future – Rio Ferdinand

9 July 2013 Last updated at 08:57 GMT

Rio Ferdinand says Wayne Rooney is “mature enough to make up his own mind” about his future – but warned leaving Manchester United is a backward step.

Rooney, 27, had a transfer request rejected by United and new boss David Moyes insists he is not for sale.

Ferdinand uses the example of Cristiano Ronaldo who has won fewer trophies than Rooney since leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2009.

“I don’t see where you go better from here,” said the United defender.

Ronaldo, 28, has scored 193 goals in 207 league games since joining the Spanish giants from United, but has won only one La Liga and one Copa Del Rey in his four seasons at the Bernabeu.

By contrast, United have won two Premier League titles and a League Cup, as well as reaching the 2011 Champions League final where they lost to Barcelona, since Ronaldo’s departure.

Ferdinand said: “For instance, Cristiano has been ridiculous as a football player individually but has he won more trophies since leaving than what we’ve won? That’s the way I look at it.

“I wouldn’t say that he shouldn’t have gone there – it was his dream to go there, so you have to respect that.

“But I just look at things in a plain, black and white way – I want to win trophies so why would I leave here?”

Rooney, who joined United from Everton in 2004, has scored 197 goals in 402 games, putting him fourth on the club’s all-time list of top goalscorers.

But former boss Sir Alex Ferguson said the England international asked to leave Old Trafford at the end of last season because he was unhappy with being substituted in several matches.

Rooney has since been linked with Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.

“I think when someone is at your club who has been there for the length of time he has been there, he is more than clued up to understand the dynamics of the club,” said Ferdinand.

“He’s mature enough now and old enough to make his own mind up. I’m sure in time he’ll have his say.”

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