On this day in 2002, the Red Devils signed one of the most promising defenders in world football, Rio Ferdinand.
The rest, as they say, is history.
And indeed, 17 years ago Ferdinand was unveiled as Manchester United’s newest signing under Sir Alex Ferguson and the player went on to become an integral figure at the club, establishing an iconic and formidable partnership with Nemanja Vidic in the process.
Ferdinand left United after 12 long years of service and joined QPR for the final year of his career before retiring from the beautiful game.
Now, he has taken to social media and Instagram to celebrate this great anniversary with his beloved club, one which included a cheeky message and a great throwback image.
During his stay at Old Trafford, Ferdinand managed to accumulate a total of 455 games, also scoring eight goals and assisting a further nine in the process.
He also won a plethora of different titles as a Red Devil, including six Premier League crowns and one Champions League title among many others.
The image is bound to induce nostalgic memories amongst the United supporters during a period of time in which they would love a player of Ferdinand’s influence to slot into their defensive unit.