Ferguson to take care with duo

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that the time has gone when Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic could start every game, but he has no worries about the future of Manchester United's defence following a breakthrough year for Jonny Evans.

Last Updated: 16/02/13 at 11:49 Post Comment

Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic: Will not be risked in every match by Ferguson

Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic: Will not be risked in every match by Ferguson

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Ferdinand sat out last Sunday's Premier League victory over Everton before coming back in to replace Vidic for the UEFA Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

Ferguson accepts that it was a big decision to leave out Vidic for such a crucial European encounter, but he will continue to manage the Serbian and Ferdinand carefully.

"I had my doubts about whether I was doing the right thing or not because he was fantastic against Everton, but I stuck by what we've been doing with him," Ferguson said.

"Three days to my mind was a risk. It would have been the same for Ferdinand.

"If he had played on the Sunday I would have had my doubts whether to play him on Wednesday."

Evans played in both games and Ferguson is happy to put his faith in the Northern Irishman, who has become increasingly important for United over the past season or two.

"Jonny has emerged as a real top defender and his form has been fantastic," said Ferguson.

"The thing about young players, particularly defenders, when you get consistency from them you know you're on the right track with them.

"I think Jonny has shown great consistency in the last year.

"If you remember what I said about last year, it wasn't until Ferdinand and Evans played regularly together that we got a run going."

Impetuous

Rafael is another young United defender growing in maturity, and Ferguson was delighted with the way he bounced back from a difficult first half at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"Rafael had an horrendous first half," said Ferguson. "He was impetuous. He tried to win the war right away, diving in at players, but he settled down in the second half.

"His game calmed down and he had absolutely no problems. That is a measure of the success he has had this year.

"He has matured terrifically well."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

B

enteke is an absolute steal for £32.5m, he would get into any team in the world (except Barcelona) at the moment. I've seen many very good strikers in my 30+ years as a Villa fan. This guy is the best without question.

sparkigol
Benteke's £32.5m release clause

A

ll he wants are sharks with frickin lazers on their heads. Is that too much to ask?

mufc phil
Bomb threat on FIFA D-day

W

hy is the dinosaur trying to hold on to this.... Just leave... No one wants you in this position you corrupt loser. Let someone else take over....

arsenal121
Defiant Sepp blames minority

Footer 365

Angry FIFA president Sepp Blatter hits out at 'hate campaign'

Newly-elected FIFA president Sepp Blatter has launched an attack on the US justice authorities and English media.

Sepp Blatter: I'm still the man to solve FIFA's problems

Sepp Blatter has insisted he is "still the man" to lead FIFA after winning a fifth presidential term.

Rio Ferdinand announces his retirement from football

Rio Ferdinand has announced his retirement from professional football.

Mail Box

Players Must Stand Up For Qatar Boycott

Players, not bureaucrats, hold the key to boycotting Qatar. Also in the afternoon mailbox: Wenger is right to rotate, Zlatan can dribble, and it's Barca v Ajax in the budget final...

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company