United veteran not frozen out

article-2513553-199E5AB700000578-152_634x355David 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.

However, with Evans and Jones suffering injuries at Stoke on Saturday and Nemanja Vidic available again after his three-match ban, Moyes could be tempted to restore the old partnership at the middle of the back four when United host bottom of the table Fulham on Sunday.

The United manager confirmed that Rio was back in training and that he had not been frozen out of the squad.

โ€œRio is back training. Heโ€™s back and we will continue to use Rio at the right times and the right moments,” said Moyes.

โ€œRio has made a great contribution, especially in the first half of the season. I played him in nearly all the opening eight to 10 games. He was a big part in helping me to settle. He has competition at centre-half but he is very much valued and looked at as one of the senior players.โ€

Ferdinand is, however, expected to move on in the summer, with United unlikely to extend Ferdinand’s contract, which expires at the end of this season, and the defender set to bring the curtain down of his Old Trafford career after 12 trophy-laden season and, possibly, seek one final bumper pay-check across the pond in the MLS.



  1. More guff from the mufc propaganda machine.Moyes has managed to upset and alienate that many players so far this season (and not in a positive way either) that I’m amazed the club’s pr hierarchy let moyes issue any sort of comment to the press.He’s a walking pr disaster, and that’s putting it mildly. Everyone knows rio’s best days are long gone and will certainly be gone at the seasons end, so I feel this is just a case of moyes trying to repair an already damaged situation with rio by these comments. I find it interesting though that with the way this car crash of a season is developing, the kingmakers, that off ferguson and Charlton, are keeping their heads well and truly well below the turret.Is that because they’re afraid of answering any awkward questions regarding moyes’s running of the team, a situation entirely of their own making? .I pity moyes in all this because because, even to a blind man, moyes is well and truly out of his depth, the real culprits in all this is messrs ferguson and Charlton . They’re happy enough to accept all the plaudits when things are going good, but when the shit hits the fan, total silence. Why am I not surprised? . ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

    • @THE RED BARON: a person sense that they are setting him up for a hellava fall…and he’s doing absolutely fuckall about it.

      I don’t mean to he pessimistic, but I don’t see any good coming from all this. I feel there is going to be a lot of dirty laundry being floated around.

      Can Moyes not see that the longer he stays on, the worse its going to get…for him? At least, if he step out now, he can use the excuse of Fergie’s team and influence, and player loyalty and adaptation, etc. Some of it can be swung to make a reasonable case. However, should he stay on for 1 or 2 more seasons, he can’t spin those lines. It will all point to his incompetency because “he had time” and opportunity to change things.
      If I were him, I’d cut my losses now and get out while I can with what’s left of my reputation.

      Fergie & co now look very much like those “backstabbing politicians”.

      • @Karl: For all the spin the club wants us to believe about how everyone at club is behind moyes and his management team, just can’t honestly believe that serious questions aren’t being asked, behind the scenes, about the direction the club is going.I know people probably think this subject has been discussed umpteen times, but I just think this topic is of monumental importance to all reds that it just can’t brushed aside.As people on hear have said previously, the damage that is being done at the moment could take us to Liverpool style meltdown, something that could take many years to correct.Ever since ferguson announced his retirement, it appears amateur hour has been the order of the day at old Trafford.Whether it was moyes appointment, poor transfer windows, player discontent, the list is endless.Just can’t believe how we’ve gone from a club admired around the world to the laughing stock of football. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ ๐Ÿ‘ฟ ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  2. Nothing to do with Rio,

    Mourinho beat Pellegrini last night for the second time this season and is in near pole position to win the title, considering Arsenal’s propensity to collapse just before the finish line.

    If Chelsea don’t win the league this season they will for sure win it next season.

    In one season Mourinho’s ‘transition’ has made Chelsea title contenders.

    And with the summer window looming large between now and next season all Chelsea need is one quality striker and they are in business.

    With the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho is the new king of the ring. Don’t tell me about David Moyes.

    David Moyes is a small boy compared to Jose Mourinho.

    Mourinho’s Chlesea are set to dominate English football for the foresee-able future.

    • @The_Philosopher: What I find the hardest to swallow is that Mourinho could have been United’s manager had Fergie not stabbed him in the back with all those sweet nothings that for a few years had Mourinho believing he would be the next in line. Fact is Fergie would never want his successor to be someone who might outshine him. Doubt Mourinho would have stuck around for 25 years but at least for the short term, the club would have been in good shape, even with the Glazer’s in charge. Biggest mistake Fergie ever made as manager in my opinion. Totally made out of ego, selfish vanity and self serving interest.

  3. I love Rio and respect everything he has done for the club. A great player and leader but the time has come to hang the boots up and retire gracefully. Clearly there is no place for him on this club and like Giggs, he needs to see the writing on the wall. What I would give fore a young Rio and Vidic in the center over clowns like Smalling and Evans. I guess that’s really at the crux of the issue. We used to go out and sign players like Rio and Vidic but over the past few years have downgraded our requirements by settling for Evans, Smalling and Jones. Preparing ourselves for the bottom of the league I guess.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *