Manchester United: Rio Ferdinand Should Be Captain—Permanently

Jeff HarbertSenior Writer IMay 15, 2008

Rio Ferdinand has displayed competent leadership skills this season for Manchester United in the absence of Gary Neville. The centreback has been in exceptional form all season long, and has proved to everyone he is a proficient leader both on and off the pitch.

With Gary Neville finally fit, but struggling to break into the first team, the captain’s armband has seen its share of bearers this season. Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, and even Cristiano Ronaldo have all worn the armband on at least one occasion this season.

But with Giggs playing one of his last seasons for the club, Ferdinand would be a perfect long-term captain for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.

The England international’s form and leadership skills have been so impressive this season that England boss Fabio Capello decided to hand the United centreback the captain’s armband, shunning the experienced pair of John Terry and Steven Gerrard.

For some, wearing the captain’s armband brings an additional amount of pressure, but for Rio Ferdinand, it has no effect on the way he prepares for a game.

“If you change what you do just because you become captain, then you won’t get the best out of yourself,” Ferdinand explained.

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“The way you prepare for a game shouldn’t be dictated by whether or not you have an extra piece of cloth on your arm.

"You just go out and do what you normally do. That’s what’s won you the captaincy in the first place, so why change it?”

Well, whatever Ferdinand does, he shouldn’t change anything because he’s in magnificent form, and is an ideal skipper for his club and country. Keep it up, Rio.

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