Rio Ferdinand predictions on table

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has predicted that both Arsenal and Liverpool will miss out on the Champions League qualification next season.


If this is the case, this will be the first time since the arrival of Arsene Wenger that the Gunners will not be participating in the Champions League.

In his opinion, it will be Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs that will qualify for the Champions League. He believes that Arsenal and Liverpool are too inconsistent at the moment to make it in the top four.

Rio Ferdinand said that Chelsea has been magnificent since the start of the season and that there is no doubt that they will be Champion at the end of the season. However, he is not so sure on the ranking of the teams that will be below them.

At the moment Tottenham Hotspurs seem to be the team that is in form, and he believes that the ranking will be determined by the results in the direct games opposing the teams. (more…)

RIO FERDINAND PRAISES UNITED UNDER MOURINHO

Rio Ferdinand heaped praise on Manchester United under Jose Mourinho.

The former Manchester United defender has commended the effort of the Portuguese tactician, who succeeded Louis van Gaal in May.


He congratulated Mourinho on his Facebook page stating that the Portuguese man is warmly welcome to the “biggest club in the world” and assured that his arrival at Old Trafford will be the most exciting job of his managerial career.

The Englishman reckons Mourinho has helped bring confidence back into the club due to how courageous the players perform on the pitch since he took over. “The biggest positive change for the Red Devils apart from the players they have bought, is the mentality shift,” Ferdinand told talkSPORT.

Ferdinand also insists Mourinho is able, willing and ready to turn fifth-placed Manchester United into a team capable of winning titles once again, despite being sacked by Chelsea on December 17 after a disappointing start to the campaign.
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An iconic figure of Manchester United wanted to join Arsenal

Rio Ferdinand is one of the most iconic players of Manchester United of the past decade as he spent 12 years performing with the Premier League where the Englishman managed to win the UEFA Champions League back in May of 2008 and the Premier League title on 6 different occasions.


Manchester United and Arsenal have one of the biggest and well-known rivalries in the Premier League. It comes as a huge surprise to find out that an iconic Manchester United player such as: Rio Ferdinand was actually interested in joining their rival team but it was indeed confirmed by the Englishman himself as Ferdinand stated that he actually reached out to Arsene Wenger with hopes of joining Arsenal but a transfer was never completed.

After having spent around 12 years with Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand left the English club on May of 2014 and the English defender said: ‘’I am feeling fit and healthy, ready for a new challenge and looking forward to whatever the future holds for me’’

Despite leaving Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand still had desire to continue performing but it wasn’t going to happen at Old Trafford as the player was reaching an elevated age that was starting to become an obstacle when performing in such a high pressure and fast pace environment such as the Premier League.
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REAL MADRID DEFENDER LABELED “AN ACTOR”

Spanish giants, Real Madrid suffered a very surprising defeat to Wolfsburg on Wednesday in the quarter finals of the UEFA League. The game ended 2-0 in favor of the hosts. Two goals in the first half separated both sides.

During the second half of the hard-fought encounter, Real Madrid Defender, Marcelo had a moment with Wolfsburg midfielder Max Arnold. It appeared he thrust his head towards Max before going to the ground clutching his face. Max claimed no wrong and walked up to the Brazilian player still on the ground, trying to get him to quit the ‘acting.’

Max Arnold received a booking for this but after the game Head Coach of Wolfsburg, Dieter Hecking called Marcelo an actor.

“Marcelo is an actor, that annoyed me, because he has no need,” Hecking told the German media.

The Coach went on to request the decision be rescinded but UEFA would only do that retrospectively if the match officials missed it.

During the match, Defender Ricardo Rodriguez opened the score-line with a goal from the spot, after a Wolfsburg player was fouled. Max Arnold scored the second goal before the break. (more…)

West Ham have lost their interest for Tom Huddlestone

Hull City’s Tom Huddlestone was a summer target of the Premier League outfit West Ham United but this interest is fading away as Slaven Billic is starting to search in the transfer market for other possible signings that could be done before the summer transfer window reaches its end on September 1rst.

 

Steve Bruce is the manager of Hull City and the English coach stated that there is nothing he could do in order to prevent Tom Huddlestone from leaving the team.

Hull City’s Bruce told reporters: ‘’I am sure West Ham, like anybody, knows he has a buyout in his contract and if they get to that figure I am powerless. The agents will be touting him around everywhere, which I know they are. But there’s nothing I can do’’

The 54 year old manager was a bit worried about the fact that he was powerless and could do nothing about the potential departure of Tom Huddlestone but Steve Bruce can now relax as West Ham United wants to make a quick signing before the summer transfer window and this is why they have started to look for other midfielders.

Tom Huddlestone has a close relationship with his fans as well as with the supporters of Hull City and the recent defeat that his club sustained after facing off with Charlton Athletic on August 22 was a huge blow Hull City as they had the upper hand in possession as the team of Steve Bruce had 53% of possession and launched more shots on target than their opposition but still lost 1-2. (more…)

Tottenham Hotspur might have a new look to it the next season

The first team squad of Tottenham Hotspur might have a new look to it the next season as they are planning to offload all those players who, according to them, are not going to be that important for the club in the longer run.

The performance of a lot of ‘expensive’ Spurs’ players especially the strikers was pretty disappointing the previous season.

Barring Harry Kane, who was a shining light for the Londoners, nobody showed the greatest of forms.

And, that’s why; the management is looking for some shuffling to be made in the set up.

Some big names including the likes of Paulinho and Soldado would be making their way out.

There are interests for Soldado from Turkey, while, Paulinho’s wanted in Italy.

The Spurs are also believed to be willing to get rid of Emmanuel Adebayor, but, they might struggle to find a buyer for him.

Aaron Lennon has also hinted about his desire to be transferred to Everton, but, Tottenham is not having any settlement with the Toffees regarding the transfer fee. (more…)

Rio Ferdinand says that he still has a lot of admiration for John Terry

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says that he still has a lot of admiration for John Terry as a footballer, but he still refuses to forget the racist incident involving Terry and his younger brother Anton Ferdinand.

The Chelsea captain has been in stupendous form this season and has helped the blues lift a fourth Premier league title. He joins Roy Keane as only the second captain in the Premier League history to have won four titles while captaining the team. Ferdinand enjoyed a short stint as the Manchester United captain but he was not as successful as Terry.

Speaking after the West London outfit sealed the title with a win over Crystal Palace, Ferdinand said that Terry continues to remain a force in the Premier League despite concerns about his age. Many thought that Terry was finished as a player a few years ago when he rarely featured in the first-team under the management of Rafa Benitez. While last season was a good one, this season appears to be one of the best in Terry’s long playing career. Ferdinand reckons that Terry’s decision to retire from international football undoubtedly has helped the club reap huge benefits from his quality being extended. (more…)

Chris Smalling says that he wants to be remembered as a player

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling says that he wants to be remembered as a player of great stature than Rio Ferdinand at the club.

Along with Nemanja Vidic, Ferdinand is seen as one of the best central defenders that the club has had in the last decade. Now playing at QPR, the former England international is coming to the end of his career. At almost a decade younger than him, Smalling is seen as the future of United’s defence. He is also close to establishing himself as the England number one centre back after a string of performances this campaign.

Once upon a time, the former Fulham player was seen as a talented player who had a long way to go before establishing himself as one of the top defenders. Signed by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson for £ 12 million, Smalling is starting to repay United with a string of good performances. He has been an ever present in the United back four – especially in the second half of the campaign – and is close to being the permanent fixture in England’s defence along with Phil Jones. During his time at United, Ferdinand won numerous accolades including Premier League and Champions League medals. (more…)