Last season, Rio Ferdinand finally broke the curse of his back injury and cemented a string of games in the United starting XI. His great partnership with Jonny Evans was one of the surprises of the season following Vidic’s terrible cruciate ligament injury against FC Basel and it didn’t go unnoticed.
Speaking at the press conference ahead of Manchester United’s first game of the 2012 tour against AmaZulu FC, Rio was eager to show that last season was a sign of more to come:
“It’s been well documented I had injuries over the last few seasons. But I think last season I played about 35 games for United [he played 38].
“I felt I managed myself really well in terms of my back injury, with thanks to the physios and sports science team at United. They helped me through that as well.
“Long may that continue. Hopefully this season I can continue to play a similar amount of games. That would be great.”
Rio Ferdinand may have been disappointed with Roy Hodgson leaving him out of England Euro 2012 squad but it has only played into the hands of his United career. An international tournament would have burned Rio out and with Sir Alex confirming that Evans will definitely miss the start of the season as he is recovering from surgery, we will need Rio fit and ready.