The defence has it

Rio Ferdinand Nemanja Vidic

Should Manchester United complete a 19th domestic title come May it will have little to do with star player Wayne Rooney. Nor, though influential, will Nani take the plaudits. Ditto Dimitar Berbatov, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Anderson. Much as United’s attacking players can take overdue credit for becoming the division’s the second highest goalscorers, […]

Rooney misses three weeks

Wayne Rooney will miss three weeks and four games with the ankle injury that has kept the striker out of tomorrow”s Champions League game with Valencia. Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that Rooney’s injury is worse than initially thought, with the striker out of games against Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion. The striker will also sit […]

Rio returns to rally Reds

Rio Ferdinand completed 45 minutes in Manchester United Reserves’ 2-1 victory over Oldham Athletic last night as the England captain returns from a knee injury sustained at the World Cup. Ferdinand, 31, played in a strong reserves outfit that also included the returning Anderson, Wes Brown and Federico Macheda. Reserves coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says […]

Reds’ World Cup stars dropping like flies

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand’s withdrawal from England’s World Cup squad with knee ligament damage was followed today by Portugal’s Nani, who suffered a bruised collar bone in training. Manchester United’s World Cup contingent is now seven; heartache for the players who have dropped out to date, delight for manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Nani picked up the injury on Friday […]

Rio blow a disaster for United’s hopes

Rio Ferdinand

Let there be no doubt, a cold chill of fear will seep through Sir Alex Ferguson’s veins today. England captain Rio Ferdinand’s omission from the Scot’s matchday squad yesterday after the defender felt a twinge in his fragile back at Carrington Tuesday morning represents a huge blow for club and player alike. “He felt a […]

Ferdinand’s big test as Vidic lets United down

New England captain Rio Ferdinand heads into tonight’s Champions League clash with AC Milan keen to re-assert his authority on the biggest stage. The defender, sidelined for three months with a back injury and banned in for four matches domestic football, may start against the Italians tonight. With Nemanja Vidic ruling himself out the match […]

Poll: Rio right for England job?

The king is dead; long live the king. Rio Ferdinand is the new England captain following manager Fabio Capello’s decision to sack John Terry this afternoon. Terry, caught cheating on his wife for the umpteenth time, found his position ‘untenable’ – to abuse the much overused cliché. Fabio appointed Ferdinand with immediate effect and Steven […]

No chance of Ferdinand appeal succeeding

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will face a Football Association hearing on Thursday in the knowledge that he will serve at least a three match ban. The player, who has appeared just once for United since 25 October, risks an extended suspension if the FA disciplinary committee decides his appeal his ‘frivolous’. Ferdinand’s decision, made […]

FA charges Ferdinand with violent conduct

The Football Association has charged Rio Ferdinand with violent conduct after the defender’s clash with Hull City’s Craig Fagan at the weekend. Ferdinand, appearing in his first Manchester United match since 25 October, will serve a three match ban, with the FA acting as prosecutor, judge and jury in disciplinary cases. Ferdinand, 30, has appeared […]