EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

24/04/2012 09:01, Report by Nick Coppack
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Ferdinand answers fans

Rio Ferdinand responds to a grilling from United Review readers...

What have you made of Gary Neville’s move into TV punditry? (Emma Beaumont)

Gary’s found his niche. Finally he’s found somewhere where he’s allowed to talk as much as wants. I can’t believe people actually pay him to do it. We would have paid money to shut him up! Seriously, though, Gary talks a lot of sense. There are hundreds of people out there who have played the game to a similar level, but how many of them are as honest as Gary, or can put their points across as concisely as he does? He’s doing a top job. We’re all pleased for him.

Why did you face the other way for Wayne Rooney’s spot-kick against Aston Villa? (Jack Hayes)
At this stage of the season, when there’s a bit more riding on it, things are a bit more nerve-racking. I just couldn’t watch. I was just waiting for the fans in the Stretford End to react - their response told me it had gone in, thankfully.

You’ve always maintained Diego Maradona is the greatest player ever. Surely Messi’s running him close now? (Qasim Ali)
I’d have to agree, yeah. As a kid Maradona was my hero. I had all the video tapes. Now you’d have to say Messi’s up there, although

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Neville's new career

"In Sky Sports Gary Neville's finally found somewhere where he’s allowed to talk as much as wants. I can’t believe people actually pay him to do it. We would have paid money to shut him up!"

- Rio Ferdinand

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