Rio Ferdinand admits he was upset at being snubbed for Manchester United captaincy

first_imgFormer Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand has admitted he was upset at being overlooked for the Manchester United captaincy by Sir Alex Ferguson.The former England captain spent 12 years at Old Trafford and captained the club in the 2008 Champions League final in place of the injured Gary Neville, but was never formally given the armband by Ferguson.Speaking to CNBC he admitted that the snub hurt him, “I would be lying (if I said) it didn’t.”But the 36-year-old BT Sport pundit continued, “It is one of the things that pushed me on.”It was good. He was very much about personalities and working you out. I used to feel I was never given enough credit. Me and Vidic used to talk about it quite a lot.”Ferdinand, who won six Premier League titles in his time at the club, admits that Ferguson’s ‘tough love’ management was difficult to work under, but that it got the best out of him, particularly at a young age. “Sometimes there’s situations during your career you think, ‘Am I getting the credit I feel I deserve?’ But, at the same time that is one of the things that maybe pushed me on to keep improving year in, year out, to sustain and stay at that level for all them years,” he said.”I think I needed, as a person, for something to try and get to and grasp onto. If I had everything at one time, it might have been detrimental to my growth, maybe.””He spoke to me and said: ‘Your personality, if I had given you too much credit you might have gotten carried away, when you were younger, especially,'” Ferdinand added.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Yasiel Puig returns to Dodgers trailing the usual cloud of trade speculation

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “No, I don’t listen to that anymore,” he said Saturday of trade speculation. “The first couple years, yes, because I like to play with this team. I like to hang out with my teammates here. Now the last couple years, I’m a better teammate and have more communication with my teammates and manager and coaches. Now I don’t worry about that.“This is baseball. You come here, you get your start here with the Los Angeles Dodgers but you could finish with the Los Angeles Dodgers or another team. The reason I came to the United States was to play baseball. I’m going to do my best here and God only knows where you’re going to finish.”In Spanish, Puig called the recent acquisition of Manny Machado “a great trade” and said he wanted to “thank everyone involved in bringing Manny Machado here.”Ironically, those same people might be working to send Puig elsewhere.Related Articles ATLANTA – It’s complicated.The Dodgers’ relationship to Yasiel Puig always has been. It remains so as Puig returned from the DL Saturday night and rejoined the Dodgers’ lineup after missing nearly three weeks with an injured oblique muscle in his right side. Alex Verdugo went 5 for 16 with a home run, a double, three walks and four runs scored in five games and is considered “a big-league ballplayer” by the Dodgers, Manager Dave Roberts said. But he went back to Triple-A Oklahoma City Saturday to make room for Puig.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.With the non-waiver trade deadline just a couple days away, the Dodgers’ willingness to trade their most volatile asset is once again an open secret. The potential to package Puig with a prospect as a way to acquire bullpen help and stay under the luxury-tax threshold at the same time – or in separate moves – adds a new element to the rumors this year.Puig says he’s heard it all before. What once bothered him – the prospect of playing somewhere other than Los Angeles – does not seem to carry the same menace for him as it once did. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Adopting a mentality that ignores all of that is not easy, Puig acknowledged.“No. But you can’t do anything about that,” he said. “The only thing you can do is keep working hard every day, play the game right and show the people what you can do on this team or on a different team. … If a trade comes true, you need to go there and show the new team and the new city.”What Puig needs to show in the present, Roberts said, is an ability to maintain his focus on a consistent basis — the same challenge that has frustrated the Dodgers for six seasons now.“I think with Yasiel it’s competing,” Roberts said. “Before he hurt himself, he was playing good baseball. I think the defense over the last five weeks, six weeks had ticked up and in the batter’s box the compete every pitch is very important for Yasiel. You can see what we’ve been doing offensively it’s been 1 through 8, a professional at-bat, grinding mentality. I expect Yasiel to do a lot of the same thing.”Defensively, Roberts said he will speak to Puig about maintaining a respect for the fundamentals. During the series in Anaheim when Puig was injured, he was guilty of some lapses.“That’s my job, our job as coaches, to continue to remind players how important it is to hit the cutoff man, throw to the right base, not give up outs on the bases,” Roberts said. “He’ll be reminded of that.”The fact that the Dodgers won 10 of 15 games without Puig and moved into first place in the National League West is another reminder.“I don’t want to speak for Yasiel. But I’m going to,” Roberts said. “Going on the DL, he was playing good baseball. He never wants nor does any player want to go on the DL. But I think it’s a positive thing to always see that the team, the operation continues to move on without anyone. No one player is greater than the whole sum. I think that’s healthy for everyone to see.“The game keeps going. It’s also good when you keep winning too. We have a lot of good players. It speaks to competition, doing things the right way.”ALSOLeft-hander Adam Liberatore returned to action with Triple-A Oklahoma City Friday after missing six weeks with an injured rib muscle. Liberatore also had problems with an ankle injury earlier in the year.“He’s in the mix,” Roberts said. “But he’s gotta show he can stay healthy. When we’ve called on him, he’s been banged up the last couple years.”UP NEXTDodgers RHP Ross Stripling (8-2, 2.43 ERA) at Braves LHP Sean Newcomb (9-5, 3.41 ERA), Sunday, 11:35 a.m., SportsNet LA (where available) Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies For most of his time with the Dodgers, Puig has been a relative bargain with his salary topping out at $7.5 million this season. He is eligible for arbitration this winter and might be pricing out of the Dodgers’ plans, particularly with Verdugo on the rise. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more