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Manchester United defender the best in Europe? He’s not even the best at Old Trafford!

It appears that Sir Alex Ferguson has been out in the sun too much recently. Not content with an ill-advised jibe about Chelsea’s supposedly ageing squad (read Van Der Sar, G Neville, Giggs, Scholes), the Scot is now making outlandish claims about one of his central defenders.

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Although many of us might think Rio Ferdinand isn’t even the best centre half at Manchester United, Fergie has been taking lessons from Slaven Bilic when it comes to talking about the abilty of his players. The Sun report that he’s positively gushing about the former West Ham man, but is he right to make such a claim?

He said: “Rio has been the best defender in the country, if not Europe for a couple of years.

“His maturity and leadership have been key factors in the team’s success.

“He is someone that young players learn from and that more experienced players respect.

“I have not seen a better defensive pairing than him and Nemanja for a long time.”

Indeed, many of us would argue that Vidic is a better all-round defender than Rio, with the former making less mistakes and also marking the opposition’s star striker out of the game on regular occasions. Do you think Rio is the best at United? How about the Premier League? And even Europe? Or should Fergie stay out of the sun?

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