The opening month of the campaign was a memorable one for Ferdinand, who was honoured by the club with a testimonial match against Sevilla at Old Trafford. Although the match ended in a 3-1 reverse to the Spaniards, Rio took the opportunity to thank the fans for their support during his decade and a bit as a Red. “It has been an honour to play for this club,” Ferdinand told the crowd.
As United returned to domestic duties, the opening two months of the campaign saw Rio rekindle his successful partnership with captain Nemanja Vidic. The pair started six of the first seven games; the last time this happened was in 2008, highlighting their enduring importance to the United cause.
The Reds’ no.5 made only one appearance in October, the 4-0 Capital One Cup win over Norwich at Old Trafford. Having missed the previous five games due to a groin strain, Rio made light work of a laboured Norwich attack and helped the Reds to a clean sheet in an emphatic win.
After returning from injury, Ferdinand slotted comfortably back into the United