Manchester United have had some wonderful centre-backs in the Premier League era, but it is difficult to place too many above a certain Rio Ferdinand.
The London-born defender represented the Red Devils between 2002 and 2014 – making 455 appearances in all competitions.
He won six Premier League titles and one Champions League during his time at Old Trafford, and will go down as one of the club’s best ever centre-backs.
Ferdinand turned 39 on Tuesday, and as expected, United’s official Twitter account paid tribute to the footballer-turned-boxer.
A number of United fans were also on hand to praise Ferdinand, with many branding the defender ‘a legend’.
When United paid just under £30m to sign Ferdinand from Leeds United in the summer of 2002, it would be fair to say that eyebrows were raised. The Red Devils more than had their money’s worth, however, after 12 years of excellent service.
A selection of the best Twitter reaction to United’s birthday message for their former captain can be seen below:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 7, 2017
We missed him 💔😭
— MK²³ (@MkShow23) November 7, 2017
Happy Birthday Rio. Would've took Rio over Moyes as manager, but then I would've chosen Dora the Explorer over Moyes.
— ⚒Shane WHU Slaven⚒ (@shaney9ss) November 7, 2017
— 👑Mckenna44👑 (@MckennaJordan1) November 7, 2017
Yh Long Life LEGEND!
— Carrickowusucollins (@Carrickowusuco1) November 7, 2017
— 🇵🇰United redfc🇬🇧 (@united_red_fc) November 7, 2017
Happy birthday Rio. All the best in your boxing career. Man utd legend
— Joe HTFC Byram (@JoeByram86) November 7, 2017
one of the best defenders during his time at Man United @rioferdy5
— Victor Achochi (@kionyo78) November 7, 2017
Happy birthday to one of our iconic defender
— Wilson Masebo (@WilsonMasebo) November 7, 2017
Happy birthday to the six million dollar man,,, best defender ever
— John Onyango (@OnyangoJJ) November 7, 2017