By Andy Hyslop
- Former Manchester United and England centre-back Rio Ferdinand has named his United XI for breathesport.com
- His team is made up from his former team-mates at Old Trafford
Former Manchester United and England centre-back has been critical of the current United side recently. He has taken time to name his United XI from former team-mates at Old Trafford for BreatheSport
I don’t think there are many surprises in Rio’s XI. The only surprise may be that Rio has selected himself in the XI. You normally find that players don’t pick themselves when asked for their best XI of former team-mates but that’s Rio’s choice.
I think you would have to say that the defence, central midfield areas and wingers pick themselves. I’m these were easy choices for Rio. The only place he has offered an more than one choice is in the striker roles with Rio offering two different partnerships up front.
Rio Ferdinand Manchester United XI
Rio’s reasons for his selections:
Edwin Van Der Sar – One thing Edwin had more than any keeper I ever played with was calmness and composure. There was never any panic with him, he was never flustered. He exuded an aura of ‘I’ve been here before, just chill guys’. For a centre back, that’s a comfortable feeling to have.
G Neville – Everyone used to call him Mr consistency! He was as solid as they come and knew the position like the back of his hand. A great servant for the club and set the tone for all new signings.
Rio – I will leave you all to comment on this one! But my partnership with Vida was special…
Vidic – Vida was the best partner I ever played with; strong, dedicated and would head brick walls! When he first arrived at United, I couldn’t imagine him becoming the player that he did. Nobody could see how he would come through that first 6 months at the club but, with his sheer determination, he became one of the best centre backs in the world.
Evra – Likewise with Vida, after his first game against man city, the lads didn’t think we would see him for long. However he’s a top lad with massive character and he made that left-hand side his own during his time at Manchester United. Great player!
Ronaldo – What can I say that I’ve not already said before? He has gone on to become one of the best players to ever play on this planet. He is a driven, well-oiled machine, who has made himself a superstar.
Scholes – A.K.A ‘SatNav’; the best technical player I have ever played with; what a genius! The things he could do with the ball at his feet were a joke. He used to sit in the changing room kicking the ball at the light switch, trying to turn the lights off. I’m not saying he hit it first time, but after 5 or 6 attempts he’d do it.
Carrick – Someone who is integral to success at MUFC. A great passer of ball who made the game look easy and, defensively, a defender’s dream to play behind. He’s the type of player that England have missed over the years.
Giggs – Mr Man United! I believe he will go on to be a fantastic manager too! He is a great servant of the club and went from being a flying winger to someone who could slow the pace of the game down and dictate things. I would always whisper in his ear after the game, “it’s a pleasure.” – He thought I was a madman, but it genuinely was a pleasure and an honour to play alongside him.
Rio has offered two possible partnerships in his forward line
Rooney – Rooney has turned himself around from the street football player we all saw in his early years, to someone who is seeking out record breaking milestones. Outrageous footballing talent and a great character too. He will go down as a Manchester United legend!
Ruud Van Nistelrooy – He was the most devastating finisher I have ever played with! We could win a game by 3 or 4 goals but, if he hadn’t scored, he would sulk. But in order to become a world beating striker like Ruud, you need to have that attitude. He lived and breathed goals.
Tevez – A fantastic player, fighter, and someone who would set the tone with his work rate andn enthusiasm. Players and fans would feed off him and he scored so many important goals. I tried to make him stay through speaking to his agent but it was too late. One of the big disappointments in my time at Manchester United, was seeing the club let him go.
RVP – As a player, he is so silky to watch; great touch, can hold the ball up and bring others into play. He has the ability to time his runs perfectly, has great skills, a dream of a left foot and he can finish! The year he joined and scored 30 goals in 48 games; what an impact he had! Fergie used to say, “just get the ball to RVP!