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Rio Ferdinand's memorable moments - Premier League winning streak

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Rio Ferdinand continues his memorable moments countdown with number seven on the list - back-to-back-to-back Premier League titles.

The Manchester United centre-back has won six in total so far, from his first season in 2002-03 to the latest the previous season under Sir Alex Ferguson.

But such was United's dominance over a three-year stretch from 2007 to 2009, Ferdinand and the club were lifting the trophy every year.

From the 2006-07 campaign that saw eight United players make the Premier League Team of the Year after a thoroughly commanding season to the 2008-09 term that saw Ferdinand nominated for PFA Players' Player of the Year, United bestrode the top flight as an unbeatable force.

Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, with Edwin van der Sar in goal, formed the bedrock of that success. Going forward Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez were supplemented by Cristiano Ronaldo - the Portuguese international was to win PFA Young Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year in 2007, and the Ballon d'Or a year later. Quite a team.

And United's dominance had actually only been matched once before in Premier League history - by United of course.

The previous Ferguson vintage from 1998-99 through to 2000-01 also won three straight Premier League titles - also incidentally coinciding with a Champions League triumph.

Because sandwiched in between these three Premier League titles from 2007-09, United conquered Europe and then the world.

First they beat Chelsea - a club they twice relegated to second place in the league over the stretch - in the Champions League final in Moscow.

Then, they flew to Japan and won the Club World Cup - becoming the first English side ever to win the competition in its current format.

The success was built on the foundations of great players - the likes of Ferdinand, Scholes, Neville, Giggs and Ronaldo - and assisted by clever signings - Michael Carrick, Rafael, Dimitar Berbatov all arrived at Old Trafford during this particular mini-era.

As Ferdinand told GiveMeSport, United "felt invincible" during the winning stretch, a period he looks back fondly on already.

On a personal level, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year every season, while he also received a nomination for the FIFA World XI in 2008.

Keep an eye out 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. 

Tickets for Rio's testimonial can be purchased from ManUtd.com.

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