Ferdinand’s absence to help or hinder Manchester City?

Rio Ferdinand is clearly not afraid of making his voice heard. Picked as captain for both club and country, and a man who loves Twitter more than your average footballer, he quite obviously has leadership skills to put alongside his love of making his point known. It therefore seems like not too much of a shock that the England man has come out to state his interest in becoming a football manager once his playing days come to an end.

With Ferdinand also revealing that Gary Neville would be an inspired choice of assistant manager, could it be that the two United legends join forces in the future to manage a Premier League side? It seems a strange thought but with the wealth of experience in both domestic competition and in the Champions League that the pair hold between them, along with the clear passion for the cause that both have displayed throughout their time at United, the partnership could well be an effective one.

For now, though, Ferdinand’s focus will be very firmly placed on his playing days, with the defender keen to make a quick recovery from his latest injury problem. Anyone who is following the Manchester United betting will know what a blow his absence is.

Ferdinand has been in inspired form for his club this season after making a comeback from injury and will be a big loss in the weekend’s derby against City. Although few people would make Manchester City betting tips to win the match, their job will be made easier because the defender isn’t playing.

However, thankfully for United fans, they’ll know that Ferdinand will be there in the dressing room at half time imparting a few words of wisdom and doing all he can to make a difference in what will surely be a game of fine margins that could yet prove crucial in deciding the destination of the league title this season.

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