Rio Ferdinand testimonial

Saved by sentimentality

August 9, 2013
By Richard Jolly
And so they came in their thousands to pay tribute to the Red Devil who imagined the pastures were greener at Stamford Bridge. Not the absent Wayne Rooney, but Rio Ferdinand whose own flirtation with Chelsea now feels like ancient history.

A game that had been billed as a barometer of Manchester United fans' feelings towards Rooney, the match that would determine whether they would welcome him back into the fold, took place without him. It is a theme: Rooney is the man who wasn't there, ...

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