David Moyes (manager of Manchester United) is very coy in relation to whether Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand are going to retire after this football season comes to an end, following the lead of Nemanja Vidic who has recently announced his retirement plans.
In the first week of February, 2014 only Vidic announced that as soon as his contract with Manchester United expires he will quit the club. Vidic has been the defensive partner of Rio Ferdinand in the past. Therefore, it might happen that Ferdinand also leaves the club at the end of this football season.
Moyes is not confirming the possibility that in the next football season he will have to replace 3 experienced defenders for Manchester United. But he surely hopes that if Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand plan to quit, they will give him sufficient time to get their replacements.
According to Moyes, such a situation (losing senior defenders) can arise at any time. In relation to the three defenders who might leave Manchester United after this football season Moyes said that they three are great professionals who have always worked hard and they are still a part of the team. Vidic has clearly announced his decision whereas the other two have not revealed anything yet.
Patrice has been having talks with Moyes and things have been decided. But the world will get to know about them later, said Moyes. David Moyes is also of the opinion that Patrice has been a great player and role model for the Manchester United.
In order to replace Nemanja Vidic central defenders like Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans are going to work hard and David Moyes is going to give them an equal chance to prove their capabilities. Moyes is also thinking about nurturing players who can play centre-half (toughest position) efficiently.
Rio Ferdinand had a few things to say about the methods that David Moyes uses in charge of Manchester United. The veteran defender has been slipping away from the 1st team of the Premier League champions as his last appearance for United in the English league was on November 24 when the team of David Moyes travelled to the Cardiff City Stadium and had to settle with a 2-2 draw.
The English defender agreed a 1 year contract extension with Manchester United but these last few months have seen him taking a significant dip in form as he was struggling with a groin injury some time ago but still has not seemed to be back to his best.
“This manager’s a bit different in that he doesn’t name the team beforehand,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “You don’t really get to know the team. The old manager used to give you a kind of a little bit of an idea if you’d be playing and stuff’’.
“When you know you’re playing the intensity goes up a little bit more on match day and that’s what you need to try and make sure you’re doing even if you don’t know you’ll be playing to try and get to that intensity you’d be at when you know you’re playing’’.
“It’s hard… it’s hard to do that mentally because you spend a lot of nervous energy thinking ‘Am I playing?’ or ‘Am I not playing?’ and you’re just going round in circles in your head and turning into a madman.” Ferdinand said.
The Manchester United defender is still uncertain about his future after the end of the season but it does not seem like Moyes has any plans for him. Ferdinand as well as Ryan Giggs, Patrice Evra, Nemanda Vidic and Michael Carrick all are reaching the end of their current contract and Moyes has a tough series of decision to make concerning the future of those players, if he wants to renew the contract of some of them or make way for some new arrivals.
Manchester United host Arsenal in what will be the most anticipated match in the Premier League of this weakened and Rio Ferdinand is preparing himself and his team by warning them about Mesut Ozil.
“Ozil has had a big impact. He has lifted the players around him Ferdinand told the Manchester Evening News. I think you can see he’s gone in there at Arsenal and everyone has said: We need to lift our levels to get up with him because he’s that good a player.’
“If you look at the statistics in the last four or five years and the number of assists he’s had, that tells you all you need to know – he’s a fantastic player.
“I played against him twice last season when he was at Real Madrid and he was so impressive he gets between the lines’’.
The veteran defender is confident that the key in overcoming the table toppers Arsenal lies in preventing the German winger from getting time and space on the ball and not allowing him to set the pace for Arsenal as he usually does.
Rio Ferdinand recently turned 35 and he admitted not being certain about having a permanent place in David Moyes’ starting XI.
“Obviously, you want to play in every minute of every game, but at this stage of my career, I know that’s not possible,” Ferdinand said. “I know the manager is going to put me in and out of the games, but I want to be involved in as many as I can.
With Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smailling are looking as candidates to fulfill the role of Ferdinand; Moyes has a tough choice ahead of him in how to structure the defensive backline for Manchester United for the upcoming important fixtures in Premier League and Champions League.
Manchester United recently celebrated the decade of service from Rio Ferdinand with a testimonial. Even though the match ended in a disappointing 3-1 defeat for Manchester United, Ferdinand was overwhelmed with the response of the players and fans. During his 10 years at the club, Ferdinand has won all major titles including the Champions league title as well. He has been part of the Premier league winning team on numerous occasions. The 34-year-old is coming to the end of his career with several rumours stating that he could be set for retirement after the end of the season.
However, Ferdinand has insisted that he has no plans of retirement just yet and plans to carry on playing. The defender has insisted that he still has passion for football in the same way he did when he was a young player. Ferdinand was a £ 30 million signing from his United in 2002. This transfer made him the most expensive defender in the world back then. Ferdinand said that he plans to carry on playing as long as his body allows him. Ferdinand has suffered numerous back injuries in the last few years, but he was able to remain fit for most of the last season.
“For as long as my body allows me to, I’ll keep playing. And for as long as I can stay at Manchester United then I will stay there. When I looked at pictures as I looked towards the testimonial, it evoked old memories and has relit those fires a little bit in terms of being able to win things, get those emotions back. Whether I can do it, we’ll have to wait and see. But it does definitely light fires within you that you want to continue, I’ve still got that burning passion to want to achieve and win things,” said Ferdinand.