Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand Defends Sir Alex Ferguson's Squad Rotation

Centre-back also delighted to end injury misery...
Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand has defended manager Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to shake up his starting line-up for the goalless draw with Rangers.

Ferguson, 68, made 10 changes to the side that drew 3-3 with Everton at the weekend. His choice has come in for criticism after United failed to kick-off their Champions League campaign with a victory.

Speaking to the club's official website, Ferdinand insisted the sport is a "squad game".

"It's a squad game and the manager wants to give players minutes on the pitch," the 31-year-old said.

"There are people who haven't played many games - myself included - so we're obviously delighted with the changes.

"But the manager makes changes most weeks and it's never a problem."

The game marked Ferdinand's first senior appearance since injuring knee ligaments in the build-up to World Cup 2010, and he was delighted to be back in action.

"It was nice to be back, playing football. I've waited a long time," the England captain stated.

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