Rio Ferdinand, in an interview with MUTV, spoke out about the trauma caused by Manchester City’s dramatic title snatch and the affect it has had on him:
“At first it was one of those things you couldn’t get out of your mind.
“For the first couple of weeks you’re waking up in the middle of the night thinking about what happened and how it could have ended differently.
“You don’t get over it but you put it to the back of your mind for the few weeks after that. It’s hard, though, because you’ve always got people reminding you about it, whether it’s fans of different teams or fans of United.
“But you use that as inspiration for the following season.”
As far as his personal endeavours went last year, I felt it was Rio’s best in a long time. He finally managed to hold off his repetitive, niggling injuries and had an impressive season partnering Evans. When Vidic injured his cruciate ligament, all United faces plummeted into their hands. What were we going to do without captain Nemanja? We may well have missed having a leader at the back but Ferdinand and Evans did a more than admirable job together, especially in comparison to previous years.
After the disappointment of being left out of Euro 2012, Rio has had to endure a rather long off season and he is glad to get his feet back on the turf at Carrington and kick start the new campaign:
“It’s nice to be back training. I’m enjoying it. This has been the longest break I’ve ever had in my career so I was desperate to get back and see the lads and get training.
“That said, me and Giggsy were talking the other day about pre-season and how we remember, when we first started, how it used to be sickening when you came in for the first 10 days or so. The coaches used to beat the life out of your legs.
“Now things are a lot more scientific and a bit easier on the body, even though you’re still able to get to the same level of fitness at the right time.
“But it’s the games on tour I really enjoy. You get to gauge how far along you are in terms of fitness and what more you need to do. It also helps you get your eye back in, football-wise. We can’t wait for the games to come now.“