Date:4th May 2011 at 12:55pm
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As one of the most senior figures in our team, the opinions of Rio Ferdinand are to be respected.

Ferdinand who captained the team for the majority of the 07/08 double winning season, has had an up and down season.

Injury and controversy surrounding his England captaincy have ruled the headlines and although he feels he is back to his best now, he has been more than impressed with the man that has stood in for him, Chris Smalling.

Ferdinand joins a growing list of those praising the England u21 defender as club captain Nemanja Vidic, who has partnered Smalling on numerous occasions this season, did the same last month.

Speaking in United Review, Ferdinand extolled:

“Chris has been fantastic.

“He and Jonny are great young players with big futures at this club.

“In time I am sure those two will be the bedrock of the team.”