Rio Ferdinand's memorable moments - Club World Cup success

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Rio Ferdinand continues his countdown of his most memorable Manchester United moments by taking us on a trip to Japan for the Club World Cup.

Manchester United became champions of the world in December 2008 after their 1-0 victory over LDU Quito in Yokohama, a win that capped a stunning 12 months for the Old Trafford club.

The reigning Premier League and Champions League holders added global domination to domestic and continental, becoming the first English club to win the competition in its new format.

Having dispatched Japanese outfit Gamba Osaka 5-3 in an entertaining semi-final, United faced LDU Quito - the South American champions.

The Ecuadorian side won the Copa Libertadores for the first time in their history just six months earlier, having seen off Fluminense in the final.

And they provided a stiff test for Sir Alex Ferguson's side, especially after they were reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of Rio Ferdinand's defensive partner Nemanja Vidic just after half time.

Ferguson reacted quickly to sacrifice Carlos Tevez for Jonny Evans - the Northern Irishman slotting in alongside Ferdinand at the heart of the United back-four.

Ferdinand actually captained the side that day - with Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs on the bench - the second consecutive final he'd led the team out following the Champions League victory in Moscow the previous May.

The strength-in-depth of that squad was frightning - that Ferguson era side was one of the most complete first-team squads of his 26-year reign. 

Tevez, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo had spearheaded the club's double triumph in the Champions League and Premier League - to that United added Dmitar Berbatov, a club record signing from Tottenham.

Ferdinand anchored the defence alongside Vidic, with Rafael Da Silva just breaking into the first team - the Brazilian started the final but was replaced by Gary Neville in the 85th minute - while Patrice Evra roamed down the left-flank.

As Ferdinand told GiveMeSport: "Being part of a team like that, with so many great players was an unbelievable moment in my career."

And despite the man disadvantage, United looked the stronger - Quito goalkeeper Jose Cevallos keeping his side in the game with smart saves from Rooney, Tevez and Park Ji-Sung.

But it was to be Rooney who proved to be the match winner - his guided finish into the bottom corner after 73 minutes enough to crown United the best team in the world.

Premier League, Champions League and now world champions - quite a 12 month spell for Ferdinand and Manchester United.

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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