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Oh My God, Rio Ferdinand Has Totally Lost It

Rio Ferdinand's career is over. He's not good enough, he's past his best, he's lost it, he's a liability, he's nowhere near John Terry, Jamie Carragher, Matthew Upson or Titus Bramble. That's the gist of the comments of the last few days.

Indeed, some people suggested - and they were totally serious - that Rio Ferdinand should be replaced by Matthew Upson. Yes, that Upson. And all this because he committed a few mistakes this season, most recently against Ukraine when he allowed the ball to bounce over his head, letting in Milevsky who was fouled by goalkeeper Robert Green, winning a penalty and getting Green sent off.

I did not find this lapse in concentration surprising at all. Everyone who's watched football in the last few years will know that Rio is prone to these, especially in meaningless games like the one in Kyiv certainly was. Of course I'm aware of the fact that this indicates a slightly less than exemplary level of professionalism. But does it show insufficient ability? No way.

Yes, Rio gave the ball away carelessly in the Manchester derby which was unforgiveable but that was his only significant mistake in a competitive game since Rome. He hasn't been in great form overall, that's also true. But now we have to put up with comments like this one I read on a website: that when it comes to defending Rio is actually on the level of a pub team. Which is not only rubbish but insulting rubbish.

Then there's this ridiculous notion, perpetuated by the media, that he needs to 'prove' himself tonight against Belarus if he wants to go to the World Cup. Oh dear, a meaningless home game against minnows of the European game to decide whether the best English defender could participate in the most important international tournament? You couldn't make it up.

The World Cup is long months away; Rio will pull himself together as he always plays better at the business end of the season. Just like all the best players do. Yes, he's had a dip in form. Get over it: it happens. Franz Beckenbauer and Franco Baresi had bad games in their careers. It's their luck they weren't born English; here a footballer's not allowed them.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 14 2009

Time: 7:19PM

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Best thing about Rio is his dancing... and that isn't very good! :o)
the fear
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14/10/2009 19:24:00

He's got to get his form back- Otherwise Upson (shudder) will be a real option..
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14/10/2009 19:59:00

Rio's bad form is down not to lapses of concentration or the fact that he's a bad defender (He's clearly not). He has a permanent and progressive back injury that is hampering his from play. This injury will not go away and Rio's form will never recover. This is not a City fan dissing him for playing for the rags, I am merely stating the facts. Sadly for both manure and England, Rio's best days are well and truly in the past. Better get the cheque book out in January!
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14/10/2009 20:17:00

the best english defender????ooukay,England is in deeeep ****!!!
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14/10/2009 20:20:00

That is the most anti-hostile comment you've posted on here fcb. I agree his back injuries are worrying it reminds me of Pallister towards the end of his time with us. These injuries only started being a major problem last season if they don't clear up this season then we have the World Cup to sign a defender and Fergie has an excellent track record in regards to purchasing centre backs. We still have Evans who I rate highly so may not need to spend.
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14/10/2009 20:25:00

Well to be perfectly honest after reading this story, it says that Ferdinands last 2 mistakes since the Champions League Final in Rome were the one in the Manchester derby and the one for England in the Ukraine. Without wishing to sound mean or cynical were these not the 3 biggest games that he has played in during that time and he has made a significant error in each of them. I was speaking to several of my United supporting mates recently and most of them would be glad to sell Rio to some Spanish or Italian team at the end of this season - What do you guys think?
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14/10/2009 20:59:00

No NRD, it's the only one you don't disagree with!
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14/10/2009 21:26:00

I don't think he should leave personally, he has attributes that very few defenders have especially English defenders. e.g turning defence into attack. If we get a good price for him then maybe. Disagree about Ukraine being a big game, I don't know what mistake zae is referring to regarding the Champions League final from my memory it was the sloppiness of Carrick, Vidic and VDS that cost us the 1st goal. No arguments about the mistake against in the derby game.
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14/10/2009 21:27:00

He will be back to his best come next summer
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14/10/2009 22:50:00

I knew you couldn't keep it up fcb!
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14/10/2009 23:37:00

Rated Ferdinand for a long time now, I still think he has the goods to cut it at the world cup, and his added pace works well with Terry's bruiser style defending. Me personally would prefer that he stayed rubbish for the year but then came good after united had lost the EPL and CL
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15/10/2009 00:43:00

Form is permanent class is temporary... oh wait. As a Chelsea fan, I have to admit Rio's dip in form pleases me. But that is all it is, a dip in form.
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15/10/2009 04:29:00

Life is funny this way. Things go up and down all the time. Currently his form might be a bit on the downside... eventually it will go back up. He should not allow this to affect his confidence and just continue to do his best.
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15/10/2009 21:07:00

This whole conversation is absolutely ridiculous... We are talking about one of the top 3 defenders in the world, and he's being judged for being in bad form, and probably not at his hiighest confidence levels. He's only 31 for fcks sake, and we are talking about Rio Ferdinand, and not just another central defender who became well known by performing well for a year or two, like Skrtel or Lescott or whomever... He'll be back, he needs some time. And whoever writes him off so easily is obviously clueless of football. Clearly other teams' fans are salivating to the thought of rio gone useless, and they are probably trying to convince themselves of it. Evans will be great for us, but Rio still has at least 3 good years to offer. Remember all the hype about Giggs, a couple of years ago? "He's done for, not good enough for Man U, getting too old, predictable"... All you opponents, keep dreaming that it might be the same case with Rio...
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16/10/2009 12:02:00

Such a shame Ledley Kings a crock
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17/10/2009 00:49:00

If you do buy a replacement, and in light of coments made re clubs overspending, it will be interesting to see how much ferguson will pay/can afford. And please don't say you don't need to buy because you have Evans to step in because if Evans was any good we'd have bought him off you in the summer. Get the cheque book out, splash some cash!!!
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17/10/2009 10:49:00

Pray tell why would we sell Evans and what makes you think he'd join you?
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19/10/2009 05:43:00


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