Vidic gives his backing to Ferdinand

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has backed Rio Ferdinand to continue to feature in the Old Trafford club’s future, despite not playing as much of a key role for the side this season.

The veteran England defender has not been an automatic first choice in Sir Alex Ferguson’s starting XI this term, and niggling injuries have frustrated the centre half.

Despite rumours that Ferdinand could be set for a big-money move to the MLS, Vidic feels he has the ability to continue representing the Premier League champions.

“When you look at what is happening to Rio over the last few weeks, this is a player who played in most of the big games last season, helped us win the Premier League title and reach the Champions League final and yet, after one game, people are saying he is not good enough anymore,” the Serbian told The Telegraph.

“I think this is wrong. He showed class, he showed determination, as well as his ability to help the players around him.

“Sometimes, when you have been at the top a long time like Rio has, people judge you on your age. They are waiting for one bad game to say he is finished.

“What he did (against Sunderland) is the perfect way to show he is not finished. He showed strength of character. He showed everyone that he still has the quality and ability to play at the top level,” the Serb concluded.

By Gareth McKnight