The central defender spent 12 years at Old Trafford, winning the Champions League title in 2008 as stand-in skipper, and says that he was offended when he was overlooked
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed his sadness at Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to overlook him for the captaincy at Old Trafford.
The retired ex-England international, who joined United from Leeds for a British record fee of £30 million in 2002, enjoyed a 12-year stay at the club before ending his career with QPR.
Ferdinand lifted the Champions League title in 2008 as stand-in captain but following the return to fitness of skipper Gary Neville, the centre-back was stripped of the armband.
And, speaking in an interview with CNBC, Ferdinand has admitted that he questioned whether he was being undervlaued after the decision was made.
“Sometimes there’s situations during your career you think, ‘Am I getting the credit I feel I deserve?’ But, at the same time that is one of the things that maybe pushed me on to keep improving year in, year out, to sustain and stay at that level for all them years,” he said.
“I think I needed, as a person, for something to try and get to and grasp onto. If I had everything at one time, it might have been detrimental to my growth, maybe.”
Ferdinand, who won six Premier League titles with the club, also confessed that Ferguson’s management style was tough to work under, insisting the Scottish boss would rarely credit him after a good performance.
However, following his retirement from football in May, Ferdinand said that Ferguson gave him his reasoning.
“He spoke to me and said: ‘Your personality, if I had given you too much credit you might have gotten carried away, when you were younger, especially,'” Ferdinand added.