PLAYER PROFILE

Season 2013/14

United Honours

5. Rio Ferdinand

Birthdate:07 Nov 1978
Birthplace:Peckham, London
Position:Defender
Appearances452
Goals Scored8
Joined United:22 Jul 2002
United Debut:27 Aug 2002 v Zalaegerszeg (H)
International:England (retired)

justified his tag as a world-class defender, providing the silk to United's defensive steel while chipping in with occasional valuable goals.

In May 2008, Ferdinand signed a new five-year contract to keep him at Old Trafford until 2013. Six days later, he would help United seal UEFA Champions League glory in Moscow; a fitting way to end a near flawless season for the centre-back.

His good form continued into the 2008/09 campaign, playing a crucial role in United's record-breaking clean-sheet run. Certainly, without his consistency at the back, the Reds may not have gone on to win another league title.

Unfortunately, injuries hampered Rio's 2009/10 campaign and the defender made just 12 starts in the league. He fared slightly better in 2010/11, starting half of United's 38 league fixtures as the Reds marched towards a record-breaking 19th title.

There was further improvement in 2011/12, when Ferdinand was a near ever-present in the back four. Although the campaign yielded no major trophies, the centre-back made 38 appearances and his invaluable experience helped United take the title fight down to the final day.

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