Rio Ferdinand‘s form since the start of the season for Manchester United has been at a career low, and it may mean the end of his time at the club.
Ferdinand, now 35, notably struggled away at Manchester City when United lost 4-1, but has been out of form in a considerable number of fixtures this season. In the 10 games Ferdinand has played for United this season, they have failed to win six — with only four clean sheets.
West Bromich Albion‘s 2-1 win at Old Trafford was arguably the most striking evidence of Ferdinand’s decline. Morgan Amalfitano exploited the weaknesses in Ferdinad’s physicality and awareness that day. His positioning was all wrong. Instead of dealing with things calmly as we have been used to, he was left bare and torn apart by a fairly average pace.
Add those marking errors against Man City and Daniel Sturridge‘s goal for Liverpool, and it’s clear to see Ferdinand is at a point in his career now where he is far, far lower than the standards of his past.
The inconsistent defensive selections from David Moyes have in no way helped any of United’s central defenders, but the situation with Ferdinand is an interesting one. His contract expires at the end of the campaign; will David Moyes really see a future for Ferdinand at United?
He had his testimonial against Servilla in preseason and everyone at the club respects him. But, there comes a time when players, no matter how great their past, must be let go. Ferdinand is at the edge of that point now. He has a lot to prove because Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are better options right now. They will only get better at their young ages, where as Ferdinand is going in the opposite direction.
He can still offer something for a Premier League club, but Moyes should seriously consider letting Ferdiand’s contract expire in the summer as he looks forward into United’s new era. Keeping him for another season was a good choice in May for the new manager keeps some experience, but the time at United for one of the greatest defenders in the past decade may be soon up.
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