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Biography

Rio Ferdinand proved himself to be one of the finest defenders in world football during 12 successful years at Manchester United.

  • Position

    Defender

  • Country

    England

  • Date of birth

    7 Nov 1978

  • Joined

    22 Jul 2002

  • United debut

    28 Aug 2002

    v Zalaegerszeg (H)

  • Left United

    14 Sep 2014

Goal of the Day: Ferdinand v Dynamo Kyiv Video

Celebrate the 19th anniversary of Rio signing by watching his first European goal, against Dynamo Kiev...

  • published time 2 week agoVideo

Rio's passionate defence of Rashford & Sancho article

Ferdinand sticks up for Marcus and our prospective new signing Jadon after they bravely stepped up for England.

  • published time 3 week agoNews

Classic Match: Sir Alex's final home game Video

There wasn't a dry eye in the house on this day in 2013, when Sir Alex managed his final Old Trafford match...

Ten Reds on Hall of Fame shortlist article

United are understandably well represented as fans are asked to choose the next six inductees.

  • published time Apr 21News

Six Reds who felt at home at Elland Road article

We recall half-a-dozen stars who successfully left Leeds for Old Trafford.

'You're in the Premier League now!' article

Roy's dressing-room admonishment of Ruud van Nistelrooy early in his United career is just classic Keane!

  • published time Mar 21News

Revealed: United's dream derby XI article

Which players have we selected in our line-up, based purely on their away performances against City?

Fans are hyped from Rio's motivational message article

This 355-word rallying call from Ferdinand is a must-read before today's Premier League blockbuster at Anfield.

  • published time Jan 21News

Goal of the Day: Ferdinand v Liverpool Video

‘Goodness me, Rio Ferdinand!’ We're celebrating our former centre-back's birthday, with this effort from 2006...

  • published time Nov 20Video

Goal of the Day: Ferdinand v Dynamo Kiev Video

Rio Ferdinand outjumped everyone to score a thumping header against Dynamo Kiev, on this day in 2007...

  • published time Oct 20Clips

Rio's expert view on United's new man article

The former defender has certainly done his homework when it comes to our new addition, Donny van de Beek!

  • published time Sep 20News

Remember when Rio did this? Video

It’s 18 years since Rio Ferdinand made his United debut, but we didn’t need an excuse to show this, against Liverpool…

  • published time Aug 20Video

UTD Unscripted: Proud to be half of a pair article

Concluding an epic pair of long reads, Nemanja pays a personal tribute to Rio... but won't forgive his Moscow tears!

  • published time Aug 20News

UTD Unscripted: We drove each other on article

Rio had "never heard" of Vida and didn't rate him when he signed! His story of what happened next is amazing.

United Greats: Rio Ferdinand Video

Need a reminder of just what a gold-plated United superstar Rio Ferdinand was? Be our guest...

  • published time Jul 20Video