Manchester United manager Ferguson says Ferdinand still has future with club

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed suggestions that Rio Ferdinand’s time at the club is drawing to a close, despite his injury worries.

Ferdinand has made fewer appearances than expected so far this season after a few minor injuries coupled with the exceptional form of United’s young defenders Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans left him on the sidelines.

However, Ferguson, who brought Ferdinand back into the team for United’s recent win against Bolton, says that the experience he brings is invaluable to the club:

“Rio’s (injury) record is fact,” admitted Ferguson.

“We wish it was better but we use him to our advantage when we have him available because you cannot dismiss the experience he brings.”

He added that he had been impressed by his young defenders’ form, but would not discount Ferdinand for the time being:

“We are absolutely delighted with Smalling, Evans and Jones. The three of them have been absolutely magnificent. They are the long-term future.”

“But there are occasions when you bring in the experience Rio offers because it does make a difference. The young players know that.”

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