Rio Ferdinand reveals how he used to deal with Luis Suarez

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Rio Ferdinand will go down as one of the best centre-backs to ever grace the hallowed turf. The Manchester United legend hung up his boots with a trophy collection that most people dream of.

During his time alongside Nemanja Vidic at Old Trafford, the former Red Devil came up against the some of the greatest attackers known to man.

None more so than former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan was incredible during his three-year spell at Anfield and almost led the Reds to their first ever Premier League trophy.


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And during a Q&A session with England's Under-16 squad, Ferdinand revealed his gameplan to try and stop the forward.

In a video released on the FA's official YouTube account, he said: “Suarez, I remember when we played at Anfield and he was on fire at the time, and I just used to let him run at me, and I’d jockey and make him make a decision

“I thought he was better, if you had a nibble, he could react quick and then beat you.

“I used to think if I let him make the decision, he’s not as good. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great player, but he’s always waiting for the defender to make a move, and then he’ll react and then go.”

The BT Sport pundit faced off against Suarez on five occasions in his career, although one of them came as an 87th minutes substitute. In those matches, the South American only found the back of the net once which, on the face of it, sounds like a strong record. 

Although, Manchester United were never able to keep a clean sheet when Suarez was on the pitch, read into that what you will.

“I used to think if I let him make the decision, he’s not as good. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great player."

In truth, if you were looking for a defender to deal with Suarez, Ferdinand - in his prime - would definitely be in contention. 


Alongside Sergio Aguero and Robert Lewandowski, the former Liverpool forward has to be considered one of the best strikers in the world.

He brings so much more than goals and is a constant nightmare for opposing defences.

His link-up play with Lionel Messi is simply faultless and could quite easily lead to the Barcelona repeating their treble heroics of last season.

Just look at this... 

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