Former England international Rio Ferdinand is no longer a first choice at QPR and he has been warming the bench for the last few weeks.
This was after manager Harry Redknapp decided to go with a four at the back formation. Ferdinand’s inclusion meant that Redknapp was using a 3-5-2 formation early in the campaign. This has been attributed to some of the worst form shown by QPR this season. Since shifting toward a conventional back four, they have been extremely good. The recent 3-2 win over West Brom helped them move away from the drop zone.
Even though the first team has been performing extremely well, one player is reportedly unhappy is Ferdinand. The former Manchester United man has been used to playing regularly for the last 15 years, but he has featured in the bench for the last few matches. The defender, though, claims that he is happy nonetheless. It has been widely speculated that Ferdinand may consider retiring from football at the end of the season. He has had a stellar career winning numerous trophies with Manchester United. Ferdinand accepts that he will not be playing every game at the age of 36.
“No footballer worth his salt likes sitting on the bench. So I would be lying if I said I’m perfectly OK about being left out of the QPR team recently.When you have enjoyed all the success of being at a club as big as Manchester United for more than a decade, there is no hiding the fact that my current circumstances are a bit of a comedown.But do not make the mistake of thinking I have any regrets about my move to Loftus Road – because I don’t,” said Ferdinand, who recently hinted at moving to the MLS to conclude his playing days.
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Rio Ferdinand left Manchester United during the summer transfer window as he reached an age where he just couldn’t continue playing at the high level that was required by the club at Old Trafford and with younger players stepping up to the pitch, there was no space left for Ferdinand in the team of Louis van Gaal.
Upon leaving Old Trafford, Rio Ferdinand told Manchester United TV: “It’s an old cliché, but the club is bigger than everyone else and it’s so true. There’s more to it than one player and I understand that, I’m not selfish enough to think that everything revolves around me and that I deserve to stay at Manchester United. Everyone has their time to leave and mine was now.”
The senior defender opted to make a move to Queens Park Rangers but the start of the season of Ferdinand has seen him still struggling trying to play at the same pace of his opponents and this can be evidenced by the opening 3 matches of the Premier League season of QPR as they conceded 5 goals and only scored 1 goal in those 3 games.
Even though Ferdinand is no longer a player of Manchester United, the English defender still remains up to date with the transfers of his former club as well as has contact with players at Old Trafford. One of the transfers that came as a surprise to many people was Danny Welbeck being signed by Arsenal for a fee of €16 million. This transfer came as shock for Rio Ferdinand also as the experienced player told reporters just how much of a surprise it was for him after receiving the news that Louis van Gaal decided to sell him to one of their rivals, Arsenal.
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Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow with the news that Robin van Persie will miss the start of the season because he is not fit enough. The Dutch striker recently returned to the club after the end of his holidays. Due to Netherlands being involved in the third-place play-off, van Persie has been given extended time off in order to recover. The 31-year-old was not at his best during the tournament as he struggled with fitness and tiredness issues. This was after a season of injuries with United.
Van Persie has been one of the best strikers at the club since his £ 24 million move from Arsenal two years ago. After almost single-handedly helping the club in the league title in his first season, the injuries prevented him from making a huge impact last season. Van Gaal has shown in pre-season that he is extremely keen on having players in the peak of their condition. He recently forced summer signing Luke Shaw to train on his own since the England international was not fit enough. United are expected to play an intense and high tempo football in the coming campaign.
Since when Persie is nowhere near enough to achieving full fitness before the start of the season, van Gaal has taken the decision to take him out of the first few matches.
“Robin wants to play every game, I know that, but so do the other 30 players in the squad. But players have to train and Robin needs a full training regime behind him before he can play again. Robin will begin training on Monday, but he won’t play in the friendly against Valencia on August 12, definitely not. And he won’t play in the Premier League at the start either, I think. People can criticise me for that decision but I know what you have to do with players who have had three weeks’ holiday,” said van Gaal.
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