Rio Ferdinand.

Rio Ferdinand reveals which Man United hero embarrassed him in first training sessions

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Rio Ferdinand had a pretty glorious career, all things considered.

The now-39-year-old was seen as a promising, footballing centre-half at West Ham, but a record-breaking move to Leeds United saw him become one of the top defenders in Europe.

Manchester United splashed over £30 million on the England international back in 2002 making him the most expensive British footballer in history at the time and the world's most expensive defender for a second time.

Ferdinand would win six Premier League titles at Old Trafford and he would lift the Champions League title once too, but not everything was plain sailing for the London-born star.

The 81-time England international now works as a pundit for BT Sport and has received widespread praise for his candid views and insight into the game.

Following Tottenham versus Everton on Saturday night, Ferdinand was discussing what it's like settling in as a new player at a club when he recalled a story from his time at Manchester United.

Watch the video below to see the unlikely source of Ferdinand's misery.

Ferdinand said: "I remember one of my first training sessions at United, playing piggy in the middle..."

"The ball hit me in the face and [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer went, 'how much?!'"

The Babyface Assassin couldn't resist putting Ferdinand in his place - amazing!

Ferdinand and Ferguson

During a Twitter Q&A last year, Ferdinand was asked what his greatest memory of Sir Alex Ferguson was from his time at United and he tweeted: "His speech in changing room at Stadium of Light when we lost league to Man City.. Inspiring!"

Ferguson has since clarified what he said that day.

"I'm a dinosaur. I'm an absolute dinosaur. But what I am, I'm a winner," Ferguson said.


"I said to all these players yesterday when we lost the league to Leeds United in 1992 the young players came out and all the Liverpool fans were asking the players for their autographs. And they were tearing them up.

"I says to Giggs 'remember this day' and I said exactly to them yesterday: 'Those Sunderland fans that cheered for City, remember the day'. We won't forget that, I'm telling you."

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