Goal of the Day: Rio strikes again v Liverpool
Our new 'Goal of the Day' series starts here with Rio Ferdinand's personal favourite for Manchester United, scored on this day 13 years ago. Unlucky for Liverpool...
Background: It took a club-record fee for a defender to procure Rio Ferdinand from Leeds United in 2002, but our investment was more than validated over the next 12 seasons of sterling service at Old Trafford. The defensive rock even occasionally contributed huge goals, including this one against rivals Liverpool.
Reaction: Years later, Rio admitted:
“It was probably my favourite goal I ever scored. The touch to bring it down… Scholesy, Berbatov, people like that couldn’t bring it down as smooth as I did! Then the left foot into the top bin, keeper had no chance. It was my son Lorenz’s first game. I’ve got a picture in my house of me scoring that goal and I haven’t got pictures of any other match, so that’s what it meant.”
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