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On this day: Ferdinand signs for Man Utd

22 Jul 2019

We recall some of the defender's best moments 17 years on from his move to Old Trafford

On 22 July 2002 Manchester United strengthened their defence with the signing of Rio Ferdinand.

The 23-year-old centre-back arrived from Leeds United and enjoyed a glittering 12-year career at Old Trafford.

He had a dream debut season, making 28 appearances as United lifted the Premier League Trophy, and went on to win another five titles with the club as he formed a formidable partnership with Nemanja Vidic.

Ferdinand also captained the team when they beat Chelsea in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League final.

In total he made 312 appearances for United, scoring 10 goals, before leaving in 2014 for Queens Park Rangers.

Ferdinand announced his retirement the following season.

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