Date: 3rd February 2013 at 2:59am
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This man deserves at least one more year at Old Trafford

This man deserves at least one more year at Old Trafford

United’s 1-0 win over Fulham to move ten points clear at the top of the table was hardly the most comfortable of victories for Sir Alex Ferguson. Like the Southampton win on Wednesday United had to weather a lot of late pressure and were it not for some stellar Dunkirk spirit-esque defending there’s little doubt the gap would be nowhere near double figures.

Ferdinand was superb at Craven Cottage making much needed clearances with his head, intercepting passes and generally marshalling the defence. Much credit must also go to Jonny Evans who returned to the side with the ease of a seasoned veteran. In the case of Ferdinand, despite being 34 years old, it seems he’s still got a lot to offer the club and while the likes of Evans, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are undoubtedly the future of United’s central defence, there’s no denying Rio is more than needed in the present- including next season.

The Mirror notes:

Rio Ferdinand says he wants a new contract at Manchester United, but has revealed the club have yet to open talks with him about a new deal.

The 34-year-old’s current contract expires this summer but the ex-England centre half says he isn’t ready to leave Old Trafford just yet.

With Nemanja Vidic still overcoming his injury problems, the jury still out as to whether Jones is actually a midfielder and question marks over the fitness of Smalling, it would seem madness to allow a player of the quality and experience of Ferdinand to leave this Summer. Today may not have shown us a great deal about United, but one thing it did show was that Rio Ferdinand is still a top class defender and just as United have done with messrs Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, the Reds should do everything in their power to keep the vital warhorse.

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