It is no surprise that Manchester United has made a typically wise decision in giving Rio Ferdinand a new one-year contract at the club.
It is not a rare sight in the modern game to see older heads being shipped out of a club with eyes fully set on the future, but United has again taken the decision to keep hold of one of the older members in an attempt to bring that future through in the best possible manner.
More so, keeping Rio Ferdinand at the club could prove invaluable with the unknown area that surrounds the transition following Sir Alex Ferguson‘s retirement. David Moyes has clearly recognised the big part that Ferdinand plays in the United dressing room and identified that he can play a key part in keeping the squad’s mentality ticking over from last season.
As seen with Ryan Giggs, among other older players, keeping a group of experienced players can prove to be a real bonus, especially when the flow in form during the season begins to break up. Moyes now has another guaranteed for another campaign.
The club now has a very strong-looking blend of age groups. There is a base of players that are really around their peak levels, with several years worth of experience and success behind them; around this is the young breed of talent with a season or two at the club, and then the support of the older heads, which can turn prove vital in giving guidance and security.
Ferdinand arguably had one his best seasons for the club in 2012-13, playing a key role in title-winning United defense, and his Real Madrid performances stand out as highlights. But with his England retirement having now arrived, he can focus solely on his club, where he is likely to see a drop in game time, but can help United’s new era progress.
Don’t forget also that Ferdinand is a former England captain and wore the United armband during the 2007-08 Premier League and Champions League double — he is a leader.
Moyes and the club have made a fine descion in giving Ferdinand a new deal; one that makes the squad look far more adequate and comfortable with knowing just how to win trophies.