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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.
In 5 seasons Danny Welbeck made a total of 92 league appearances for Manchester United as he usually had to settle with a place on the sidelines of the club due to other players being chosen ahead of him but now with his arrival to the Emirates Stadium he is expected to take center stage along with Olivier Giroud as soon as the Frenchman completes his recovery.
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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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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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