Rio Ferdinand

Rio: My Decade as a Red

There have been times over the past decade when Rio Ferdinand seemed destined for anything but a lengthy stay at Old Trafford. It has been a journey from a £30 million transfer in July 2002, through a controversial ban and subsequent contract re-negotiation, to genuine – well almost – respect on the terraces. After all, while the Londoner’s way  has not always found favour among the faithful, he has absolutely been Manchester United’s finest defender for 10 years or more.

Time flies and Ferdinand’s run at United is drawing to a close with presumably one final campaign ahead of retirement or a more to lucrative pastures in the United States. With the winter of Rio’s career comes the commercial realities – a testimonial in Manchester this August – and a book reviewing the defender’s time as a Red.

Rio: My Decade as a Red

Rio: My Decade as a Red, published by Bonnier Books in hardback on 9 August, coincides with Ferdinand’s testimonial against Sevilla at Old Trafford. The Spanish outfit faces David Moyes’ side just 48 hours ahead of the Community Shield at Wembley.

The book contains more than 200 images, telling Rio’s story from the early days at West Ham United and Leeds United, to an in-depth focus on his time at United. It covers Ferdinand’s United days season-by-season, from Rio’s first Premier League title triumph in 2003, to the Champions League success in 2007-08, climaxing with the defender’s last-gasp match-winning goal in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final home game as manager.

It has certainly been a ride. And Ranters can win a signed copy by answering this simple question in the comments section below:

Who did Rio make his United debut against in 2002?

Rio: My Decade as a Red is available online and from bookstores from August 9

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  1. Daniel Burdett says

    Rio made his ‘competitive’ Man Utd debut in the Champions League Qualifier home match against Zalaegerszeg in August 2002.

  2. Kevin Swaine says

    He made his official debut against Zalaegerszeg but I think he made his unofficial debut against Bournmouth in a friendly!

  3. Nikhil Manjrekar says

    Rio’s competitive Man Utd debut was Zalaegerszeg at home in Champions League Qualifier, August 2002.

  4. NSC says

    Rio Ferdinand made his debut for Manchester united in August 2002 in a champions league qualifier (2nd leg), against Hungarian side zalaegerszeg.. (this being his first competitive debut of course). PICK ME AS WINNER, thanks Ed :)

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