On hearing the news that Manchester United will hold a testimonial match for Rio Ferdinand, former Red Devils boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, has said he deserves the accolade and believes him to be one of the best defenders the club has ever seen.
United have announced that a testimonial for long-serving defender, who has made 432 appearances for United in all competitions, winning six Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League, will take place on August 9th after the 34-year-old completed his 11th season with the club.
The Premier League champions will take on Spanish side Sevilla at Old Trafford just two days before United face Wigan in the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium.
And Ferguson, who signed Ferdinand from Leeds in 2002, said that he full deserves his night in the spotlight.
“It is great that the club are granting Rio a testimonial for his services to the club,” said Ferguson.
“He is one of the best central defenders this club has seen. Rio has a natural ability to read the game and I said last month that I believed that this season has been the best of his Manchester United career.
“It will be a fantastic night for him and the fans, but it also gets next season's campaign off to a great start.”
Ferguson, himself, was lost for words when hearing the news and admits he is likely to be overwhelmed when the testimonial event does take place.
“This is going to be a big night for me as well as an emotional one,” said Ferdinand.
“I cannot believe where those 10 years have gone and I am lucky to have spent them here at Manchester United.
“This club is unique in every way, the history and drive of the place is unbelievable, it spurs everyone to succeed.
“The fans are the best in the world, their commitment is amazing and I have appreciated their support throughout my career. I hope they enjoy the night as much as I intend to.”