Rio Ferdinand reveals how balaclava-wearing Manchester United fans tried to pressure him to signing new contract in 2005 February 2, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer
Rio Ferdinand revealed how a group of Manchester United turned up at his house to try and pressure him into signing a new contract back in 2005.
At the time, the England defender was in discussions with the Red Devils over a new deal but nothing had been signed.
A small group of die-hard supporters wearing balaclavas and hoodies turned up at Ferdinand’s door to try and influence his decision.
Speaking on his FIVE YouTube channel, Ferdinand explained: “I was in my house one day and all of a sudden the bell rings. And someone put their hand over, so I couldn’t see the actual camera, couldn’t see who was on it.
“So I thought, ‘Who’s this cheeky rat? Let me go outside and have a row – whatever it is – don’t take liberties coming to my house.’
“So I jumped on the wall next to my gate, looked over the gate and there’s about 10, 15 people there – guys with balaclavas and hoodies on.
“I’m thinking, ‘What, they’ve come to rob my house?’ And then, luckily, one of them shouted, ‘Just sign the contract!’
“I got a bit of confidence thinking, ‘They’re not going to rob my house, it’s just about the football,’ Ferdinand continued.
“I said, ‘What you coming to my house for? If I followed your missus home and sat outside your house and waited outside with all my mates, would you be happy? No you wouldn’t. Don’t come to my house – you don’t go to Becks’ [David Beckham’s] house or Roy Keane’s house, but you’re coming here? What’s wrong with you?’
“To be fair, I said to them, ‘At the end of the day, I’m gonna re-sign, I’m gonna stay. I don’t want to go nowhere else, but I’m negotiating – let me negotiate.’”
Ferdinand had joined Man United in 2002 for £30million from Leeds and at the time was the most expensive British footballer in history.
He went on to stay at the club for 12 seasons playing 455 times, winning six Premier Leagues, three League Cups and the Champions League.