The England defender has agreed a five-year deal, which will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2013 and Ferguson feels the Peckham-born player is just the man to spur United on to greater glory after clinching a tenth Premier League title.
"Rio has matured into his role at the club," said the United boss. "He has shown, when needed, what a great captain and leader he can be."
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