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The Rio Ferdinand testimonial

Manchester United 1 Sevilla 3
Old Trafford

United: De Gea, Fabio, Ferdinand (Evans 82), Smalling, Buttner, Valencia (Zaha 65), Cleverley (Jones 46), Anderson (Carrick 65), Kagawa (Giggs 65), Januzaj, Henriquez (Lingard 46).

Sevilla: Beto, Figueiras, Fazio, Pareja (Puerto 56), Alberto, Medel (Guarente 81), Kondognbia, Marin, Perotti, Vitolo (Samperio), Bacca.

09/08/2013 18:00, Report by Mark Froggatt
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As it happened: Rio's testimonial

Read how ManUtd.com's Mark Froggatt covered Rio Ferdinand's testimonial match against Sevilla at Old Trafford...

22:30 Right, that's all for my coverage of the Rio Ferdinand testimonial. I hope you've enjoyed it, more than the result anyway, and I'll be back on Sunday to provide live updates of United's FA Community Shield clash with Wigan at Wembley. Until then, good night. (MF)

22:00 One of the many Rio-related items on the website is Cristiano Ronaldo's heartfelt message from tonight's matchday programme, which can be found here. You can also read my blog, asking if Ferdinand is our greatest ever centre-back.

21:33 Both teams have now left the pitch and the stands are beginning to empty. Now, why not read my colleague Adam Marshall's match report?

21:32 Rio also said "it has been an honour to play for this club for so many years and I will continue to do so until somebody tells me not to." And in a touch of class, he also urged supporters to "get behind" new manager David Moyes. (MF)

21:30 James Nesbitt has taken to the pitch with a microphone to introduce Rio, who admitted it was "disappointing to lose" before expressing his appreciation for the fans at Old Trafford. (MF)

21:28 And that's it, the referee has called time on proceedings and the match has ended. The result isn't ideal, but tonight is about pre-season preparations and, more importantly, honouring Rio Ferdinand. (MF) 

21:24 Goal! Against the run of play, the visitors score a third goal and all-but-seal a shock victory at Old Trafford. Bryan Rabello was the man who did the honours following good work from Kevin Gameiro. United 1 Sevilla 3. (MF)

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