Ferdinand has no complaints over Man Utd competition

Rio Ferdinand has insisted he has no problem having to fight for his place at Manchester United, the Daily Telegraph has reported, with the centre-back adding that at his age, he has to expect competition.

Ferdinand turned 35 on Thursday and accepts that as a veteran, he has to prove himself to manager David Moyes, while accepting that physically, he might not be able to play in every game. “ Obviously, you want to play in every minute of every game, but at this stage of my career, I know that’s not possible,” Ferdinand said.

I know the manager is going to put me in and out of the games, but I want to be involved in as many as I can,” the former England defender added.

I think you go out there and play and put yourself in the shop window and the manager will decide if you play or not, but we’re blessed with a number of good centre-backs here.

As well as Ferdinand, Moyes can also call on Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, and Ferdinand understands he has to keep proving his doubters wrong. He said: “At the beginning of last season, people were probably writing me off and saying I wasn’t able to play in back-to-back games and play at this level but I was part of a championship-winning team, which said it all.

Last season has no bearing on people’s opinions this season, though, so you have to start again and prove yourself,” Ferdinand went on. “That’s part and parcel of it, every season that happens. I’ve been in back-to-back title-winning teams and people still write about me personally or the team so I’m used to it.

Ferdinand has been a United player since 2002, moving to Old Trafford from Leeds United after beginning his career at West Ham. He hasn’t featured in the Premier League since United lost at home to West Bromwich Albion in late September.

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