Sir Alex Ferguson told Rio Ferdinand that he was next in line to become captain of Manchester United. Ferdinand was denied a similar chance with the England team after Coach Fabio Capello chose John Terry over him, so this will certainly mean a lot to the 29-year-old.

Ferguson did have some conditions on the promise though, adding that Ferdinand would be given the captain’s armband after Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs were no longer part of the team. His reasoning behind that is that he operates through seniority, which is exactly why Neville is captain and Giggs is his backup. Ferguson did stress that in the long term Ferdinand will become captain, a move that he feels very comfortable with.

The manager believes that Ferdinand has what it takes to lead the team. He spoke of how the player’s leadership skills have drastically improved over the past few years and how his abilities on the field only add to the argument. Ferguson also said that Capello’s choice of Terry over Ferdinand wasn’t a big ordeal because both were capable of the job and it basically came down to a flip of the coin. Although there isn’t any proof on that most critics would agree that both are capable of leading a team. Perhaps Terry was chosen due to his experience as captain with Chelsea, but Ferguson assured the fans and the media that the decision has not had a negative effect on Ferdinand whatsoever.

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