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Rio Ferdinand predicts three clubs that will be relegated this season
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Rio Ferdinand predicts three clubs that will be relegated this season

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has predicted that Burnley, Watford and Norwich City will be relegated from the Premier League this season. Ferdinand also believes that Newcastle United will avoid the drop. Burnley currently occupy bottom of the table ahead of the mid-season winter break, after winning just one of their 18 league fixtures this season. The Clarets are four points from safety, with Watford and Newcastle United currently occupying the other two relegation spots. Norwich have sat bottom for most of the season, but two successive victories have seen Dean Smith’s team climb to 17th. “I think the bottom-five are cut adrift. I’m going with Burnley, Watford and I think Norwich will get dragged back into it too. “If this break hadn’t happened I ...
Rio Ferdinand reacts to Ronaldo’s angry behaviour, hails Rangnick after Man United vs Brentford
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Rio Ferdinand reacts to Ronaldo’s angry behaviour, hails Rangnick after Man United vs Brentford

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has hailed the club’s interim boss, Ralf Rangnick for the way the German handled the situation after Cristiano Ronaldo was angered for being substituted. The Portugal international stormed out of the pitch visibly angered and complaining bitterly after he was substituted for Marcus Rashford. Substitute, Rashford, who was introduced in the 70th minute of the match, scored United’s 3rd goal in the Premier League clash against Brentford. With the win, United are now two points behind fourth-placed West Ham United, who they meet at the weekend. Ferdinand has weighed in on the debate and praised Rangnick for his handling of the situation. Ferdinand told BT Sport: “He’s looking to score goals. 2-0 up and he’s thinking I’ve got a chance to ...
Maguire names three Man United legends he wants to emulate
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Maguire names three Man United legends he wants to emulate

Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire has named the three Red Devils legends he wants to emulate at Old Trafford. Maguire said he wants to repeat the achievements of Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at Man United, adding that he grew up idolizing the trio. The England defender stated this ahead of Man United’s FA Cup third round tie against Aston Villa on Monday night. “I grew up idolizing the likes of Wayne [Rooney], Rio [Ferdinand] and [Nemanja] Vidic and I want to repeat what they achieved,” Maguire said as quoted by Sportskeeda. “I’m privileged to be captain and I have got a responsibility to lead the players and turn things round.” Rooney, Ferdinand and Vidic were all part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad that won every available trophy for Man United. ...
His body language is an issue – Rio Ferdinand picks out one Man United star after 1-0 loss to Wolves
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His body language is an issue – Rio Ferdinand picks out one Man United star after 1-0 loss to Wolves

Rio Ferdinand has identified Marcus Rashford’s body language as a big issue after Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Monday. He said that the England forward may feel he is not getting enough chances under Ralf Rangnick. Man United suffered their first defeat under Ralf Rangnick, thanks to a late strike by Portuguese midfielder, Joao Moutinho. There was completely no cohesion among United players throughout the game. Rashford was unable to lift his side after he was brought in as a second-half substitute. Ferdinand was surprised by Rashford’s lack of impact and told Vibe With Five, “Body language is an issue. “Marcus Rashford comes off the bench and you are expecting him to go out there and really fly and give it some. “And sometimes you see him losing the ball...
Learn from Ruben Dias, Virgil van Dijk – Rio Ferdinand tells Arsenal defender
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Learn from Ruben Dias, Virgil van Dijk – Rio Ferdinand tells Arsenal defender

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has urged Arsenal defender Gabriel to look to the likes of Ruben Dias and Virgil van Dijk to learn how to keep composure in the heat of battle. Ferdinand was not happy with Gabriel’s behaviour during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City after the Brazilian allowed himself to be sent off when the Ginners were leading the league leaders 1-0. Bukayo Saka gave Arsenal the lead in the first half, but Riyad Mahrez equalized with a penalty in the second half after Gabriel was booked for trying to scuff up the spot. Gabriel was then sent off just two minutes later after fouling Gabriel Jesus and Rodri netted a late winner to give the visitors all three points.
I’ll return to Man United to solve defense problem – Rio Ferdinand
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I’ll return to Man United to solve defense problem – Rio Ferdinand

Former Manchester defender, Rio Ferdinand has said he would ‘seriously’ consider an offer to become a defensive coach at the club. Harry Maguire-led Red Devils’ defense has struggled throughout the 2021-22 season. They have managed only four clean sheets in the league, conceding 26 goals. Raphael Varane, who joined the club from Real Madrid last summer, has started just six games in the league due to injury. Ferdinand marshalled United’s backline from 2002 to 2014 and formed one of the Premier League’s best ever centre-half pairings alongside Nemanja Vidic. Asked if he would consider coming back to the club to help solve their defensive issues, Rio Ferdinand told Vide with Five, “Of course! I probably would. “We’ll have to see what the deal looks like! ‘But when Uni...
Stupid, silly – Rio Ferdinand slams Premier League star over red card
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Stupid, silly – Rio Ferdinand slams Premier League star over red card

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has labelled Raul Jimenez stupid after the Wolves striker was sent off in bizarre circumstances against Manchester City. Wolves had managed to keep Manchester United quiet during the opening period at the Etihad Stadium. Jimenez was initially penalised by referee John Moss for a tackle on Rodri and received a second one when he blocked the Spaniard’s quickly-taken free-kick. Following his red card, Pep Guardiola’s side went on to win 1-0 through Raheem Sterling’s late penalty. Angered by the player’s action, Ferdinand told BT Sport, “Afterwards he took ages to come off but afterwards he was embarrassed. It was the realisation of what he’d actually done. “It was schoolboy errors and he was playing to the crowd but there...
Rio Ferdinand names Ridiculous talent in Chelsea’s Squad after 3-3 Draw with Zenit
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Rio Ferdinand names Ridiculous talent in Chelsea’s Squad after 3-3 Draw with Zenit

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has identified defender Reece James as a ‘ridiculous talent’ in Chelsea’s squad following the Blues’ Champions League 3-3 draw with Zenit at St Petersburg on Wednesday night. A brace from Timo Werner and a strike from Romelu Lukaku ensured Chelsea played a draw against Zenit. However, Claudinho, Sardar Azmoun and Magomed Ozdoyev did score for the host in Russia. During the encounter, Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, featured right-sided defender, James in an unusual central midfield role, with N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic injured and Ruben Loftus-Cheek rested. But Ferdinand believes James was dominating, passing and breaking things up during the encounter. Speaking about James, Ferdinard told BT Sport, “He’s a ridicul...
Ferdinand, Owen name 2 Man Utd Players that have won Rangnick’s heart
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Ferdinand, Owen name 2 Man Utd Players that have won Rangnick’s heart

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has said that Mason Greenwood and Luke Shaw are the only Manchester United players who can force their way into Ralf Rangnick XI. United went into the last group game against Young Boys on Wednesday already qualified for the Champions League knockout stages as group winners. The interim boss, Rangnick made 11 changes to his side on Wednesday night with Greenwood starting his first match under the German and repaid that faith by the opener after nine minutes. Shaw, who is just returning from injury lay out provided the assist for Greenwood’s goal before being replaced on the hour. Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard were also handed rare starts while Aaron Wan-Bissaka returned to the side following Diogo Dalot’s recent impr...
Champions League: Rio Ferdinand names three teams to win trophy
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Champions League: Rio Ferdinand names three teams to win trophy

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has named three favourite clubs to win the UEFA Champions League this season. Ferdinand was asked to name the main Champions League contenders for this season after Liverpool became the first Premier League side to win all six of their Champions League group games on Tuesday night. Recall that Liverpool defeated AC Milan 2-1 at San Siro last night, thanks to Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi’s goals. But Ferdinand believes Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are the three favourites to win this season’s Champions League. “I don’t see past the three English teams, Bayern might stake a claim, but they [Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool] are so powerful and have who I think are the three best managers,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “When you...
Rio Ferdinand names two Man Utd players to face ‘big fight’ under Rangnick
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Rio Ferdinand names two Man Utd players to face ‘big fight’ under Rangnick

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has warned Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw that they face a “big fight” under new interim manager Ralf Rangnick. United defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday in Rangnick’s first match. Wan-Bissaka was left on the bench against his former club, while Shaw has not played since November 20 due to a recurring concussion problem. Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles have impressed in Wan-Bissaka and Shaw’s absence and Ferdinand believes the two defenders now have “one hell of a job” to get back into Rangnick’s side. “I’ve got to be honest, Wan-Bissaka has got a hell of a job getting back in this team. The same for Luke Shaw. “They’ve both got one hell of a job. One thing this manager likes is full-backs who can actually p...
PSG will not win title, you can’t drop Messi, two others – Owen warns Pochettino
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PSG will not win title, you can’t drop Messi, two others – Owen warns Pochettino

Former Manchester United striker, Michael Owen has warned Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, that his team would not win the Champions League this season if they continue to play like the way they did against Manchester City. Owen believes Pochettino’s ‘hands are tied’ when it comes to selecting his squad because he cannot drop Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. The former Real Madrid star stated this while reacting to PSG’s Champions League 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night. Man City defeated PSG in England, thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus. Mbappe did score for the French Ligue 1 giants at the Etihad Stadium. Speaking after PSG’s defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night, Owen told BT Sport: “His (...
Scholes, Ferdinand agree on who should become Man Utd next manager after win over Villarreal
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Scholes, Ferdinand agree on who should become Man Utd next manager after win over Villarreal

Manchester United legends, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand have agreed that the Red Devils should appoint the very best manager to coach the club. The pair disclosed this following Man United’s Champions League 2-0 win over Villarreal on Tuesday night. Recall that Man United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and temporarily put Carrick to take charge of the first team. Speaking on BT Sport, Scholes said: “This is Manchester United. They’ve to have the best in charge! “Michael Carrick is a coach he’s had one game in charge with no experience anywhere else, he can’t. “As much as I like the lad, they can’t appoint him. They need the very best at interim or full time.” On his part, Ferdinand agreed with Scholes, adding: “I don’t think they’ll give it to Michael. “One thing cert...
‘I put my money, he’ll sign in summer’ – Ferdinand reveals next Man Utd manager
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‘I put my money, he’ll sign in summer’ – Ferdinand reveals next Man Utd manager

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, believes that Manchester United will appoint current Paris Saint-Germain boss, Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager, in the summer of 2022. Ferdinand feels Pochettino will coach Man United next year, adding that he is putting his money on the Argentine to sign for the Old Trafford club at the end of the current season. Man United over the weekend sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following their embarrassing Premier League 4-1 loss to Watford. The Red Devils then put Michael Carrick to temporarily take charge of the first team as they look to appoint a new manager in the coming days. “I don’t think that Pochettino leaves PSG during the season,” Ferdinand said on Vibe with FIVE. “He’s a man of integrity, he’s a man of res...
‘You’re Naive’ – Rio Ferdinand Slams Arteta for challenging Klopp during Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool
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‘You’re Naive’ – Rio Ferdinand Slams Arteta for challenging Klopp during Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool

Rio Ferdinand has labelled Mikel Arteta naive for challenging Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp at the weekend during Arsenal’s 4-0 bashing at Anfield. The Arsenal manager was involved in a heated spat with Klopp on the Anfield touchline. The two managers became enraged, with Arteta furious in a rare show of emotion, confronting Klopp and both were shown yellow cards for their actions. And former Manchester United defender, Ferdinand sees the incident as an avoidable mistake from Arteta, adding that the Spaniard showed his naivety by doing so. “I watched the game and Liverpool just turned the screw. They turned the screw after Arteta and Klopp’s spat on the touchline, which Arteta started,” Ferdinand told Vibe with FIVE. “That was naive, for me. At Anfield you don...
‘What’s that’ – Rio Ferdinand slams Man United over Solskjaer’s sack
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‘What’s that’ – Rio Ferdinand slams Man United over Solskjaer’s sack

Rio Ferdinand has said that Manchester United is justified over their decision to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The former England defender, however, slammed his former club for lack of decisiveness over the sacking of the Norwegian. Rio Ferdinand had maintained that Solskjaer should be sacked following the lack of attitude among Manchester United players which had led to a series of bad results. There were shocking defeats against Aston Villa, Leicester City and Young Boys, followed by embarrassing losses to Liverpool and Manchester City before the international break. But the 4-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday appeared to be the final straw. Solskjaer was shown the exit door at Old Trafford on Sunday morning, leaving the Red Devils 8th in the league table having won just one ga...
Why I wanted to kill Mario Balotelli – Rio Ferdinand
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Why I wanted to kill Mario Balotelli – Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has revealed he once wanted to kill former Italy International, Mario Balotelli, after the player made him so angry. Rio Ferdinand said he was only restrained from committing murder by team-mates. The incident happened when Manchester United played their city rivals, Manchester City in an FA Cup semi-final in 2011. Yaya Toure scored the only goal of the night as City went away with a 1-0 win and eventual champions. Ferdinand revealed that (Unsurprisingly) tensions were high with plenty at stake and he was angered by the Italian striker’s actions at full-time. Balotelli was said to have gestured towards the Manchester United supporters at Wembley and this irked Rio Ferdinand who had to be held back by team-mates, includi...
Rio Ferdinand names two players Sancho must learn from to succeed at Man Utd
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Rio Ferdinand names two players Sancho must learn from to succeed at Man Utd

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has insisted that Jadon Sancho must learn from the club’s former players, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic, in order for him to succeed at Old Trafford. Sancho has endured a difficult start at Man United since joining the club from Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window. The England international is yet to settle at Man United and he is typically being deployed on the left when he is given a chance by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus after Sancho added even more competition to the attacking positions at Man United, with the Portugal captain operating through the middle and Mason Greenwood in Sancho’s preferred position on the right. But Ferdinand wants Sancho not to view Ronaldo’s arriv...
Rio Ferdinand names Arsenal’s most important player
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Rio Ferdinand names Arsenal’s most important player

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has described Emile Smith Rowe as Arsenal’s most important player on current form. Smith Rowe has been in top form for Arsenal so far this season and has scored four goals and provided two assists in eleven Premier League games for the Gunners. The 21-year-old midfielder scored the winner for Arsenal in their 1-0 victory over Watford at Emirates last Sunday. His goal against Watford moved Arsenal to the fifth position on the Premier League table with 20 points from 11 games and Ferdinand believes that the England youngster has already proven how important he is to Mikel Arteta’s side. Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ferdinand said of Arsenal: “There’s a team, there is a united team. There’s a togetherness that I have not seen at Arsen...
EPL: You’ve done what Man Utd signed you for, now leave – Rio Ferdinand tells Solskjaer
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EPL: You’ve done what Man Utd signed you for, now leave – Rio Ferdinand tells Solskjaer

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has told the club’s manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, that he has done what the Red Devils signed him. Ferdinand also insisted that now would be the time for Solskjaer to leave Man United, with his head held high. According to him, Solskjaer, who joined Man United in 2018, can not deliver the Premier League or Champions League to the club this season. Solskjaer is under intense pressure at Man United after a poor run of form in which they have lost four out of their last six Premier League matches. Solskjaer’s side are already nine points off league leaders, Chelsea at the top of the table after 11 matches. “He’s done actually what he’s been brought in to do. He’s come in and given the fans hope again, made the fans want to come back and...
Ballon d’Or 2021: You’re not even supposed to be on the list – Rio Ferdinand to Jorginho
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Ballon d’Or 2021: You’re not even supposed to be on the list – Rio Ferdinand to Jorginho

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has said that he is ‘baffled’ by calls for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho to win the Ballon d’Or. The Brazilian-born Italian midfielder is one of the favourites to win the award after playing a key role in Chelsea’s success in the Champions League last season and helping Italy win the Euro 2020. But Ferdinsnd, a former England international said that the Italy international should not be mentioned among the leading contenders for this year’s Ballon d’Or. “The Jorginho one baffles me,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “He’s not the best player at Chelsea and he’s not the first name on the teamsheet with Italy either. “I don’t see how he gets on the list with those players at the level those guys have been playing at. “It baffles me....
Ballon d’ Or: It’s his time – Crouch, Ferdinand name player to win award this year
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Ballon d’ Or: It’s his time – Crouch, Ferdinand name player to win award this year

Former Premier League stars, Peter Crouch and Rio Ferdinand believe Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski deserves to win the Ballon d’ Or this year ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi. Lewandowski was recently named among the 30-man nominees for this year’s Ballon d’ Or. The Polish international will battle the likes of Messi, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Chelsea’s Jorginho, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, among others for the Ballon d’ Or. Speaking on the development on Wednesday night, Crouch told BT Sport, “I can’t argue with Lionel Messi, can I? Let’s be honest. But I just think if Robert Lewandowski doesn’t win a Ballon d’Or in his lifetime, I think it would be a travesty. “And I think this year, with the amount of goals he’s scored… he’s got 22 goals now an...
You’ll get slapped again by Man City – Rio Ferdinand warns Man United after 2-2 draw with Atalanta
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You’ll get slapped again by Man City – Rio Ferdinand warns Man United after 2-2 draw with Atalanta

Rio Ferdinand has warned that Manchester United will get ‘slapped’ by Manchester City in this weekend’s derby at Old Trafford if they put up the sloppy performance they displayed against Atalanta on Tuesday night. By being ‘slapped’ again the former England defender was referring to United’s disappointing 5-0 defeat to Liverpool two weekends ago. Ferdinand noted that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were in ‘disarray’ for much of Tuesday’s Champions League tie against Atalanta. It was Cristiano Ronaldo that once again rescued United with a superb late goal to earn them a draw against Atalanta. Their next game is a Premier League clash with arch-rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford and Ferdinand has warned his former club against replicating their Atalanta display against Pep G...
UCL: Don’t sign new contract, Man Utd have failed you – Rio Ferdinand tells Pogba
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UCL: Don’t sign new contract, Man Utd have failed you – Rio Ferdinand tells Pogba

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has told Paul Pogba not to sign a new contract with the club right now. Ferdinand also suggested that Man United have failed to bring out the best of Pogba at Old Trafford. According to him, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have not been able to help the 28-year-old replicate his performance for France national team for the Red Devils. Pogba is out of contract at the end of the season and the midfielder is keen to leave Man United amid interest from Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid. Speaking on his YouTube channel before Man United’s Champions League tie with Atalanta on Tuesday night, Ferdinand said: “I wouldn’t commit if I was him [Pogba]. I have got to be honest, I wouldn’t. “The biggest thing for me is that when...
Rio Ferdinand reveals his two favourite Arsenal players
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Rio Ferdinand reveals his two favourite Arsenal players

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has named Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe as his favourite Arsenal players at Emirates. Ferdinand said this while reacting to Arsenal’s Premier League 2-0 win against Leicester City over the weekend. Recall that Arsenal defeated Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, following goals from Gabriel Magalhaes and Smith Rowe. “Mikel Arteta has been under a lot of pressure and a lot of people have been calling his name and [saying] he should be given the sack but he is slowly building something there,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five YouTube channel. “Leicester, to be fair to them, on another day get back into that game. “Ramsdale, phenomenal. He pulled off a number of saves in that game but it is not all rosy for Arsenal...
‘Blasphemy, disgrace’ – Rio Ferdinand slams Cristiano Ronaldo’s critics
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‘Blasphemy, disgrace’ – Rio Ferdinand slams Cristiano Ronaldo’s critics

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand has expressed worries that some sections of the club’s supporters could still criticise Cristiano Ronaldo despite all the great works the Portuguese has done in his career and for the club in particular. The former defender launched a passionate defence of the former Real Madrid and Juventus forward amid criticism he does not work hard enough for the Red Devils. Ronaldo has scored seven goals for Man United since his return to the club in the summer, including a stunning volley in the 3-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday. Manchester United players, including Cristiano Ronaldo were heavily criticised for their lack of pressing and laziness in the 5-0 defeat to rivals Liverpool prior to that victory. The Portugal captain has never ...
Rio Ferdinand blasts Ronaldo, others after 5-0 loss to Liverpool
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Rio Ferdinand blasts Ronaldo, others after 5-0 loss to Liverpool

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has slammed the club’s players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, following the Red Devils’ Premier League 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday evening. Ronaldo was unable to help Man United as they went 4-0 down by halftime and were booed off the pitch by their supporters at home. Mohammed Salah scored his third goal in the second half as Paul Pogba was sent off following a tackle on Naby Keita. Ferdinand summed Man United’s shocking first-half performance against Liverpool as “men against boys.” “We are always gonna pose a threat because of the individuals we have…..but we are so easy to play through it’s unreal!”, Ferdinand wrote on Twitter. “Embarrassing 1st half… men against boys!” The result against Liverpool means Man United are n...
No player dared disregard Ferguson – Ferdinand charges Solskjaer to be firmer with players
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No player dared disregard Ferguson – Ferdinand charges Solskjaer to be firmer with players

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has urged the club’s manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, to make more demands from his players. Ferdinand explained that Man United players would not have been able to go against the club’s former manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s tactics when he was managing the Red Devils. The former cent-back said this ahead of Man United’s Champions League clash with Atalanta on Wednesday night. Recall that Man United were beaten 4-2 by Leicester City in a Premier League tie last weekend. Speaking on his Vibe with FIVE YouTube podcast, Ferdinand was asked whether there was ever a time where he or his former Man United teammates chose to not listen to what their manager Ferguson said, the former England international quickly responded: “Are you mad? “That can...
Newcastle told to appoint Conte as new manager
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Newcastle told to appoint Conte as new manager

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has advised Newcastle United to appoint Antonio Conte as their next manager. The Magpies will reportedly sack Steve Bruce as their head coach this week, after the club was taken over by Saudis last week. Names like Lucien Favre, Graham Potter and Brendan Rodgers have been linked with the job. Former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Conte is the standout available candidate. The Italian has rejected several clubs since he left the San Siro at the end of last season including Tottenham Hotspur. Conte is believed to be reluctant to join a club that will take several years of rebuilding, but Ferdinand claims “money talks” and has encouraged Newcastle to go after Conte. When asked who he would appoint, Ferdinand said on his Vibe ...
Rio Ferdinand reacts to Garry Neville’s criticisms of Ronaldo
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Rio Ferdinand reacts to Garry Neville’s criticisms of Ronaldo

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has reacted to Gary Neville’s criticism of Cristiano Ronaldo following the club’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Everton over the weekend. Neville had criticised Ronaldo for storming down the tunnel following Man United’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Everton at Old Trafford. He insisted that Ronaldo’s reaction put ‘immense pressure’ on Manchester United coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Recall that Ronaldo, who was visibly angry after Man United drew Everton on Saturday, stormed down the tunnel alone as soon as the final whistle was blown. Reacting to the development, Ferdinand defended Ronaldo’s reaction and said that you ‘can’t take emotion away’ from players. “I saw Gary Neville talking about Cristiano Ronaldo and saying he nee...
UCL: EPL clubs will regret not signing him – Ferdinand singles out player after Juventus beat Chelsea
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UCL: EPL clubs will regret not signing him – Ferdinand singles out player after Juventus beat Chelsea

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has singled out Federico Chiesa for praise following Juventus’ Champions League 1-0 victory over Chelsea on Wednesday night. Ferdinand hailed Chiesa as a ‘huge’ player following his impressive display for Juventus against Chelsea in Turin, adding that top English Premier League, EPL, clubs will regret failing to make a move for the Italy international during the summer transfer window. Chiesa’s second-half goal ensured Juventus defeated Chelsea at home. “He [Chiesa] is a huge player and he’s been linked with a few clubs in England. I am sure they are thinking, ‘why didn’t we get him?’. “He’s just a fantastic footballer. The intensity with which he plays with, we saw in the Euros he was the main goal threat for the Italian...
UCL: What Ronaldo told me after Man Utd’s 2-1 win over Villarreal – Rio Ferdinand
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UCL: What Ronaldo told me after Man Utd’s 2-1 win over Villarreal – Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo told him that he didn’t play well against Villarreal following the Red Devils’ Champions League 2-1 win on Wednesday night. Ferdinand said that Ronaldo also told him that he knew he would score against Villarreal at Old Trafford. Man United defeated Villarreal, thanks to a late goal from Ronaldo. Paco Alcacer had opened the scoring for Villarreal before Alex Telles equalized for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. “He [Ronaldo] text me tonight saying “I didn’t’ play well, but I knew I’d score'” Ferdinand said on BT Sport. “That is the belief that he has. The other players are feeding off it. It is a great place to be. “United’s performance today wasn’t great, it wasn’t at the level Ole wa...
Champions League: Rio Ferdinand blames two players as PSG defeat Man City
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Champions League: Rio Ferdinand blames two players as PSG defeat Man City

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has blamed Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias for Paris Saint-Germain’s opening goal against Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday. PSG defeated Man City in Paris, thanks to two goals from Idrissa Gueye and Lionel Messi. But Ferdinand believes that both Laporte, who failed to close down Kylian Mbappe’s cut-back pass, and Dias could have done more to prevent PSG’s first goal. “If you are Dias, you are screaming at Laporte, get out there now and close him [Kylian Mbappe] down quicker. “Because there are enough white shirts in the box to deal with that situation,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport. “The moment he stands and is in-between, the indecision is a domino effect and leaves everyone else to pick up the pieces.”...
Champions League: Pochettino under fire for making Messi lay behind free-kick wall
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Champions League: Pochettino under fire for making Messi lay behind free-kick wall

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has said Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, was “disrespectful” for giving Lionel Messi the role of lying behind the defensive wall at free-kicks. Messi finally got on the scoresheet for his new club during a 2-0 win over Manchester City on Tuesday night. But shortly after, the Argentine superstar was seen lying behind the wall during a City free kick. Ferdinand insisted Messi should not be carrying out that duty, and that if he was in the PSG team, he would offer to do it instead. “The moment Pochettino asked him to do this at the training ground, someone should have gone in and said, ‘No, no, no, Lionel Messi doesn’t do that.’ “You can’t do it, it’s disrespectful, I wouldn’t have it. “If I was in that team, I wou...
EPL: Rio Ferdinand Overlooks Man Utd, Names Best two Teams
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EPL: Rio Ferdinand Overlooks Man Utd, Names Best two Teams

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has overlooked the Red Devils and named Manchester City and Chelsea as the two best teams in the English top-flight league. Ferdinand said this while giving his verdict on Man City’s Premier League 1-0 victory over Chelsea at the weekend. Man City are currently in the second position on the Premier League table with 13 points from 6 games, while Chelsea are in the third position with 13 points from the same number of games. Speaking on his Vibe with FIVE YouTube show, the former England international said: “The way City played at the weekend, that is the way champions go to a rival and say, “Listen, you think you are at our level? You guys better start working more”. “And I think Chelsea looked a little bit [over...
EPL: Rio Ferdinand reacts to Solskjaer’s attack on him over Ronaldo’s criticism
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EPL: Rio Ferdinand reacts to Solskjaer’s attack on him over Ronaldo’s criticism

Former England and Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand has reacted to a recent attack on him by the club’s boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his (Ferdinand)comment on Cristiano Ronaldo. The former central defender insisted that there is no row brewing between him and Solskjaer. Last month, Solskjaer had labelled Ferdinand, his former teammate, ‘out of order’ over comments he made about current United defender, Phil Jones. Just last week, Ferdinand once again angered the manager with comments about Ronaldo, who had during their Champions League game against Young Boys joined his manager on the touchline to seemingly pass on instructions. Ferdinand had said on BT Sport, “If I’m the manager, I’ve got to be honest, I’m telling him[Ronaldo]to sit down.” And re...
Rio Ferdinand names best centre-back in the Premier League
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Rio Ferdinand names best centre-back in the Premier League

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has named Chelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger as the best centre-back in the Premier League since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge last January. Ferdinand stated this ahead of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup clash with Aston Villa on Wednesday. According to him, both Rudiger and Manchester City’s centre-back, Ruben Dias have been the standout defenders in the Premier League during the last year, but the Germany international’s effect on his teammates means he edges it as the best in the English top-flight league. “Since Tuchel has come, I think he’s [Rudiger] arguably been the best centre-back,” Ferdinand was quoted by Metro UK as saying. “I think him and Dias would have been close, but the effect he has had on his team has been imme...
Really poor’ – Man Utd’s Phil Jones fires back at Rio Ferdinand
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Really poor’ – Man Utd’s Phil Jones fires back at Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United defender, Phil Jones, has fired back at the club’s legend, Rio Ferdinand, after comments he made on his podcast. Ferdinand had recently called Jones, who has not featured in a first-team game for Man United since January 2020, a ‘waste of time’. He also urged Jones to leave Man United, adding that he was ‘taking up a youth player’s position’ in the Red Devils squad. But Man United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, defended Jones after Ferdinand’s comments, claiming the player was working hard to get back to fitness. Ferdinand eventually apologised for the comments claiming he didn’t know the extent of Jones’ injury problems recently. Reacting to the development, Jones, who is fighting to get back fit again by featuring for Man United’s Under-23s in recent we...
Ex-Tottenham, Chelsea striker Jimmy Greaves is dead, Rio Ferdinand, Shearer, Wright react
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Ex-Tottenham, Chelsea striker Jimmy Greaves is dead, Rio Ferdinand, Shearer, Wright react

A former Tottenham and Chelsea striker, Jimmy Greaves is dead. Greaves passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 81, at his home. Tottenham announced the sad news with a statement that read: “We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Jimmy Greaves. “We extend our deepest sympathies to Jimmy’s family and friends at this sad time. “Rest in peace, Jimmy.” Reacting, some former Premier League stars, Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, and Ian Wright, took to their Twitter accounts to pay tribute to Greaves, who is Tottenham’s leading goal-scorer of all-time and is widely regarded as one of the best striker’s football has ever seen. Wright wrote: “The first footballer’s name I ever heard from my teacher. ‘No Ian! Finish like Jimmy Greaves!’ “May...
Champions League: Solskjaer hits back at Rio Ferdinand over Comments on Cristiano Ronaldo
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Champions League: Solskjaer hits back at Rio Ferdinand over Comments on Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has hit back at the club’s legend, Rio Ferdinand after the former defender stated that Cristiano Ronaldo had undermined his own manager. After Ronaldo was subbed off during Man United’s Champions League defeat to Young Boys on Tuesday, the Portugal captain was seen standing alongside Solskjaer on the touchline and shouting towards the pitch. Ferdinand felt Solskjaer should have told Ronaldo to ‘sit down’, telling BT Sport after the 2-1 loss, “If I’m the manager, I have got to be honest, I’m telling him to sit down.” Reacting to Ferdinand’s comments, Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Man United’s Premier League with West Ham on Sunday: “Rio, again you know, sometimes he comments on things he doesn’t really kno...
Rio Ferdinand tells Ronaldo to “sit down” after his actions during Young Boys defeat
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Rio Ferdinand tells Ronaldo to “sit down” after his actions during Young Boys defeat

BT Sport pundit, Rio Ferdinand, has said he would have told Cristiano Ronaldo to “sit down” when the Portugal captain started barking instructions from the touchline during Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Young Boys. Ronaldo opened the scoring against the Swiss side in the Champions League, although United went on to lose. The game turned around after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was shown a straight red card shortly before half-time. Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes were withdrawn in the 72nd minute of the match. But rather than take his place on the bench with the rest of the team, Ronaldo stood up and shouted instructions from the technical area, standing side-by-side with Solskjaer, while Fernandes also joined in. His former United teammate Ferdinand was not impressed ...
Rio Ferdinand reveals Demand Ronaldo will make from Man Utd teammates
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Rio Ferdinand reveals Demand Ronaldo will make from Man Utd teammates

BT Sport pundit, Rio Ferdinand, has said Cristiano Ronaldo would already have spoken to his new Manchester United teammates, to encourage them to put the ball into the box more. Ronaldo scored twice on his second debut at Old Trafford, as United saw off Newcastle 4-1 on Saturday. But Ferdinand believes the 36-year-old will not have been entirely happy, as the wide men failed to utilize his aerial ability. Speaking on his Vibe with FIVE YouTube show, Ferdinand explained: “He can jump, but again it’s about positioning of where he’s going to be to receive the ball. “That’s one thing that I would say, not a criticism, but one thing to look at and learn from, from Man United’s point of view from the weekend’s first game. “And I’m telling you, he’d have been in the...
Fernandes will give up penalties but not free-kicks’ – Ronaldo will have to share Man Utd set-pieces, says Ferdinand
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Fernandes will give up penalties but not free-kicks’ – Ronaldo will have to share Man Utd set-pieces, says Ferdinand

The former Old Trafford favourite thinks the Portuguese midfielder will be willing to compromise with his fellow countryman on dead ball duties Cristiano Ronaldo will have to share Manchester United set-pieces with Bruno Fernandes according to Rio Ferdinand, who says the latter will give up penalties but not free-kicks. United reached an agreement to bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford from Juventus on Friday, with the reported €23 million (£20m/$27m) transfer set to be finalised before the summer window slams shut at midnight on Tuesday. The 36-year-old was a talismanic figure in his first spell at the club between 2003 and 2009 and will likely be the focal point in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's attack for the rest of the season, but Ferdinand doesn't think Fernandes will be pushed t...
Rio Ferdinand names first team star Man United must replace immediately
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Rio Ferdinand names first team star Man United must replace immediately

Rio Ferdinand has said that Brazilian midfielder, Fred lacks skills in positional control and decision-making to be in Manchester United’s squad. He wants the club to sign an upgrade to play at the base of midfield. Fred has been in Manchester United first team since manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of the team. The South African has made 124 appearances for Solskjaer’s side but has never really won over fans and pundits since arriving in the Premier League. But the former Manchester United defender feels the Brazil international lacks positional awareness. “Fred, his attributes physically to be able to cover the ground and make tackles are really good,” Ferdinand said on Vibe with FIVE. “In that role, for me, you need someone who can orchestrate. Not only with ...
Rio Ferdinand names 3 Man United players that will benefit most from Ronaldo’s return
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Rio Ferdinand names 3 Man United players that will benefit most from Ronaldo’s return

Premier League legend, Rio Ferdinand, has named the three Manchester United players, who will benefit the most from Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the club. Manchester United hijacked their city rival’s move for the Portugal captain on Friday and quickly agreed a fee with Juventus before announcing his re-signing Ferdinand, who played alongside the former Real Madrid star during his first spell at Old Trafford, noted that Ronaldo will bring a wealth of experience and know-how to Manchester United. He especially named Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford as players the Portugal international can have a massive impact on. “What he brings off the pitch guys, forget everything else what he does, what he can do for Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford and ...
Likely shirt numbers Cristiano Ronaldo could wear at Man United
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Likely shirt numbers Cristiano Ronaldo could wear at Man United

Cristiano Ronaldo will have to choose from the the following available shirt numbers: 12, 15, 24, 30, 31, 33 and 35 upon his return to Manchester United. Even though the club’s legend, Rio Ferdinand had announced Edinson Cavani’s willingness to surrender the No.7 shirt to the Portuguese, the Premier League rules would not let that happen. The number 9 shirt, which would have another option for the Portugal captain is also in use. Anthony Nartial is currently wearing the shirt. Ronaldo is synonymous with the No.7 but the shirt has been registered in the Premier League for Uruguayan striker, Cavani. The options available to Ronaldo are shirt numbers he would not like to wear except for his love for the club because the former Real Madrid star has even built his entire brand und...
Rio Ferdinand claims Cavani has handed No 7 shirt to Ronaldo
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Rio Ferdinand claims Cavani has handed No 7 shirt to Ronaldo

Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand has revealed that Edinson Cavani has given the number 7 shirt to Cristiano Ronaldo. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner returned to Old Trafford on Friday after informing Juventus that he wanted to leave the club. United officially announced that Ronaldo would be returning to Old Trafford 12 years after he left the club in a then record move to Real Madrid. Ronaldo is nicknamed CR7 and has won the No.7 shirt during his first spell at Old Trafford and Real Madrid. However, the shirt is being used by veteran forward, Cavani. Now Ferdinand, who was one of the Man United die-hards that spoke to Ronaldo to convince him to snub City, has hailed Cavani for giving up the hallowed jersey. But he further pointed out that Ronaldo might not be...
EPL Could block Ronaldo from wearing number 7 shirt after Man Utd return
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EPL Could block Ronaldo from wearing number 7 shirt after Man Utd return

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has suggested that Premier League rules could stop Cristiano Ronaldo from taking the number 7 shirt at the club. Ferdinand admits that Edinson Cavani who currently wears the shirt is ready to give it up, if the league approves. However, it could be difficult, if United have already registered their squad numbers. The Red Devils officially confirmed that Ronaldo would be returning to Old Trafford 12 years after he left. The 36-year-old famously wore the No.7 shirt during his first spell and continued to wear it at Real Madrid and Juventus. Ferdinand said on FIVE YouTube Show: “Just to think Cavani could be the back-up for Ronaldo, it’s unbelievable. Cavani, I have to say, what a man! He saw who was coming to town and gave...
I’m not happy with you – Sinclair berates Rio Ferdinand over comment on Phil Jones
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I’m not happy with you – Sinclair berates Rio Ferdinand over comment on Phil Jones

Former Premier League star, Trevor Sinclair has berated Rio Ferdinand for asking Phil Jones to leave Manchester United to pave way for younger players. Ferdinand, a former Manchester United star, had told the club’s forgotten defender, Jones to find another club. The former England star believes that Jones is now a waste of time at Old Trafford and should have left Manchester United ‘ages ago’. He blasted the player for blocking an academy player from being part of the first team. After being sidelined with a knee injury for over 18 months, Jones made his comeback in United’s behind-closed-doors friendly against Burnley last week. And speaking with talkSPORT, Sinclair noted that there was nothing wrong with Jones aspiring to get back to United lineup or accep...
Martial told he has ‘gone backwards’ at Man Utd as Ferdinand also takes aim at Jones
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Martial told he has ‘gone backwards’ at Man Utd as Ferdinand also takes aim at Jones

The former Red Devils star wants to see a French forward deliver on potential and a versatile defender head through the exits Anthony Martial has "gone backwards" at Manchester United, claims Rio Ferdinand, while Phil Jones has been told that he should have left Old Trafford "ages ago". With the summer transfer window still open, there is plenty of speculation to be found regarding potential comings and goings in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad. France international forward Martial has been the subject of regular rumours, with the 25-year-old still struggling to convince as a central striker in his seventh season with the Red Devils.  

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