Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has admitted he was disappointed he was never given the permanent captaincy by Sir Alex Ferguson during his time at Old Trafford.
Ferdinand, who established a fearsome partnership with Nemanja Vidic at Man United, was arguably the world’s best defender at his peak.
The Englishman captained United when they won the Champions League in 2008 but he was never formally given the armband by Ferguson.
Ferdinand revealed that the snub hurt him and also that he and Vidic used to discuss Ferguson’s management style.
When asked if the captaincy snub disappointed him, Ferdinand said: “I would be lying (if I said) it didn’t. It is one of the things that pushed me on.
“With Ferguson, he was very much on your case at all times. It was good. He was very much about personalities and working you out. I used to feel I was never given enough credit. Me and Vidic used to talk about it quite a lot.
“It wasn’t until I retired he said ‘your personality, if I had given you too much credit, you might have got carried away.
“All the time I was trying to get that credibility from him. He did have that for me as a player.”
Ferguson had a remarkable ability to get the best out of his players at United and it was no different with Ferdinand. Not giving him the captaincy spurred him on and Ferguson was proven right in the long run. United could certainly use a player of Ferdinand’s quality now as they prepare to face Everton following the international break.