Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he was stunned by the criticism that came his way from ex-captain Roy Keane in his first training session for the club, reports the Daily Star.
Ferdinand has admitted that he thought Keane was 'crazy' after being the subject of criticism from his ex-teammate, despite completing a pass to Gary Neville.
The former England captain went on to achieve great success at Old Trafford, securing a number of league titles as well as Champions League silverware.
But, his first day with his new teammates was certainly one he will never forget as the now QPR ace told reporters: "One of my first training sessions after joining, I got the ball, passed it to Gary Neville, and in any world that was a great ball, but Keano turned around and started screaming at me, ‘Pass it forward, take a risk, you’re not at Leeds or West Ham, you’re at Man United.’
"And I stood there and thought, ‘This guy is crazy, man, I passed it to a team-mate.'"
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Branding Keane 'nuts', Ferdinand went on to admit that he had doubts as to whether he could deal with him on a daily basis
"I went home and thought, ‘This guy is nuts, how am I going to deal with him on a daily basis.’
"But then I realised what he said, you’ve got to start taking risks. He was aggressive in that sense, but I liked that stuff.”
Keane, along with Sir Alex Ferguson, clearly had a risk taking strategy in place at the Theatre of Dreams, which ultimately led them to great success. It certainly didn't take Ferdinand long to adapt at the club, as he produced a number of top-class performance for the Red Devils throughout his career.
In-fact, the current Manchester United side - under Louis van Gaal - could do with some consistence in their back-line at this present time. The Red Devils have struggled at the back under the new regime, with a number of players having struggled with injury this term.
Ahead of the club's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace tomorrow, Van Gaal could start midfield ace Michael Carrick alongside teenager Paddy McNair at the heart of his side.
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