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“There are a lot of people attending. In terms of people going on the pitch, the manager wants it to be a serious pre-season game and I think I am governed by that. But there will be a few surprises at half-time, I can tell you that."

- Rio on his testimonial

08/08/2013 14:43, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Rio's half-time surprise

Rio Ferdinand has teased a special half-time surprise for fans attending his Manchester United testimonial at Old Trafford on Friday night.

The Reds will take on Sevilla in honour of Ferdinand’s 11 season reign in M16 and although the match is being treated as a serious pre-season encounter ahead of Sunday’s FA Community Shield clash at Wembley, the 34-year-old admits there is something in store for the interval.

“There are a lot of people attending,” Rio told ManUtd.com, when quizzed on potential surprises. “In terms of people going on the pitch, the manager wants it to be a serious pre-season game and I think I am governed by that. But there will be a few surprises at half-time, I can tell you that.

“I’m not nervous, but obviously all of the attention is on me during the day and I’m more comfortable in a team environment because that is how I’ve grown up. But it will be nice to enjoy it with the fans, the people who attend and my family and friends.”

Ferdinand was speaking at the Old Trafford Megastore during a signing session for his new book, which reflects on his illustrious tenure at the Theatre of Dreams.

And as he says, the chance to reminisce during its production was enjoyable. “It has been good for that more than anything. The memories, evoking the old times, seeing the old pictures; I’ve had to go through a load of old pictures and explain them.

“In this book, I’ve gone into depth about what the emotions were at that time and what was going on around those pictures.

“As a professional you are always driving on to win the next thing, you don’t actually sit down and start thinking about what you’ve achieved and this is the first moment I’ve ever really had a little bit of that. I’ve enjoyed it.”

A limited number of tickets for Rio's testimonial are still available at. For more information, visit ManUtd.com/tickets or phone 0161 868 8000.

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