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Rio Ferdinand is believed to be on the verge of a Manchester United exit in the summer, as the 35-year-old still has not renewed his contract with the club. It has been more than 10 years since Ferdinand joined the club. He became the club captain during the stellar period in the club’s history. Ferdinand, however, has not been a regular for United this season, as David Moyes has preferred to use the likes of Phil Jones and Jonny Evans in the centre of defence. Now that the manager is gone, Ferdinand is expected to feature for most of the remaining four matches.
However, former Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis says that the club should consider letting Ferdinand leave in the summer since he is past his best. During his prime, Ferdinand was one of the best defenders in the world. He formed impeccable partnership with Nemanja Vidic and this was the basis of United’s success over the years. Along with Ferdinand, Kanchelskis also says that defender Rafael Da Silva should also be sold in the summer. United are on course to ending the worst season in the history, as the club are looking set to finish seventh in the table.
They’ll be missing out on European football for the first time since 1995.
“I do not understand why Rio Ferdinand and Rafael are still in the side. They are not up to the standard of Manchester United. Not all the players are ready to play for United, especially in defence and midfield. They need to get rid of a few players across the pitch. The number of injuries throughout the season also shows that not all is well with the club’s training regime. I really like [Jurgen Klopp]. I think his style would really suit Manchester United,” said the former United man.
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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.
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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.