Usually so miserly at the back, the Reds have let in, on average, more than a goal per game this term. On Wednesday night against Valencia, however, aided by Ferdinand's return in the heart of the defence, Sir Alex's men limited the high-flying Spaniards to just two shots on target.
“We set out our stall to make sure we didn't give anything up and managed to nick the result,” Rio told reporters after the 1-0 win at the Mestalla. “It's a hugely satisfying result. Valencia have a great history and they've had a good start to the season.”
The result secured United's first clean sheet in six games away from Old Trafford this season. Despite that statistic, Ferdinand, who made only his third appearance of the season in Spain, said there was never cause for alarm.
“A lot has been made about us not keeping clean sheets but I've been at all the games. I haven't seen us get opened up to make it a real crisis. We have been a little unfortunate and unlucky in