Rio Ferdinand Is Too Embarrassed by Manchester United Form to Leave the House

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVMarch 28, 2014

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday Sept 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)
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Manchester United's dwindling form has led Rio Ferdinand to hit a new low: He doesn't even want to leave the house. 

The longtime stalwart in the back of United's defence is usually chipper, but in an interview with The Guardian, he's revealed that the losses are taking a toll on his personal life. 

It's embarrassing—it becomes a personal insult. I don't want to go out when the game is finished and you even stop watching TV. 

I don't want to take my kids to school. I don't want to walk on the school path and think I'm hearing things or seeing people look at me because we lost a game. 

I don't want to fill my car up with petrol or go to the shops. It gets personal with everyone looking at you and talking about the results and the form and stuff. You don't want to live like that. You want to live freely and comfortably. You don't want to see other people lifting titles. That's what we're used to. That's what we want. That's what we train for and work for. 

We've got no divine right—don't get me wrong—you've got to earn that right. And this season we simply haven't done that. 

If Rio's now so easily embarrassed by fan outrage, he should probably avoid looking up on Saturday. 

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