Vidic defends Ferdinand after recent criticism

Nemanja Vidic has defended his Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand, saying it is wrong for people to suggest the centre-back is ‘finished’, The Guardian reports.

The England international has been informed that he is no longer guaranteed a place in the United starting XI as Sir Alex Ferguson believes he has ‘lost a yard of pace’ over the last five years but Vidic believes Ferdinand still has a lot in him and will remain a key player for the Red Devils.

He said: “When you look at what has happened to Rio over the last few weeks, we have to remember this is a player who played in most of the big games last season, helped us win the Premier League title and reach the Champions League final, and yet after one game people are saying he is not good enough anymore.

“I think this is wrong and Rio showed that [against Sunderland]. Sometimes when you have been at the top a long time like Rio has, people judge you on your age and they are waiting for one bad game to say: ‘Oh, he’s finished.’ But the way Rio played was the perfect way to show he is not finished.”

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