Whilst still putting in stellar performances, it appears Rio Ferdinand has entered the twilight of his United career.
This summer marks 10 years for the center back, so Sir Alex can be pleased with the service he has got out of Ferdinand and judging by his performances this season beside Jonny Evans, there should be a few more years to come.
But at his age, the end inevitably will creep into Ferdinand’s thoughts. Another title may be the outcome of this season and when he finally foes decide to call it a day he hopes he can go out on a similar high:
“There are not many players who leave this club doing exactly what they want to do.
“It wouldn’t be good finishing your career with a loss, or by not winning something.
“The losses now do my head in. To think I wouldn’t be able to rectify it the season after because I had retired or left would rankle.
“I am not thinking about retirement. I am trying to play as long as I can. I have another year after this and I want to do another 10.
“But whenever it is, I would want to go out on a high note.”