Rio Ferdinand's memorable moments - 1st Premier League title

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Rio Ferdinand continues his countdown of his most memorable Manchester United moments with his second pick - winning his first Premier League title.

The United centre-back didn't have to wait long to get his hands on the Premier League trophy. Just 10 months after signing for the Red Devils, Ferdinand was a league winner.

Having signed for a British record £30m fee from Leeds United in the summer of 2002, the 24-year-old Ferdinand quickly slotted into Sir Alex Ferguson's defensive lineup.

He played alongside French World Cup winning legend Laurent Blanc and his international compatriot Mikaël Silvestre, as well as Wes Brown and John O'Shea at various points across the 2002/03 campaign.

But Ferdinand was Ferguson's constant - making 28 Premier League appearances in his first season at the club.

Important dates on the road to the title included a 2-1 away win over Liverpool at Anfield - Diego Forlan scoring both - and a 6-2 victory from a trip up to Newcastle. 

A 4-1 rout of Charlton Athletic - including a Ruud van Nistelrooy hat-trick - sealed the top spot on the penultimate game of the campaign after title rivals Arsenal tripped up at home to Leeds a day later. 

United and Ferdinand then celebrated with the title after the final game of the season at Goodison Park.

Although Ferdinand was still waiting for his first goal in a United shirt, the new signing had already established himself as a key member of Ferguson's plans.

The London-born defender had moved to Manchester United to challenge for trophies, and by the end of his first season he'd anchored a miserly defence to a league-fewest 34 goals allowed.

They say your first is often the most memorable, and Ferdinand hailed it as "unbelievable moment" in his career, and brilliant to get "the monkey off his back" in his first campaign at the club.

But while it may of been his first, it certainly wasn't his last.

Stay tuned for the next instalment of Rio's most memorable Manchester United moments - we'll be counting down alongside his official Facebook page as we build towards his testimonial on August 9th. 

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