Manchester United

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There’s been a lot of speculation about the future of what is essentially still Manchester United’s main centre-back pairing; Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

The latter has already been linked with a move to America, possibly to join Thierry Henry at New York Red Bulls.

Now there is even talk of a return to London to join either former club West Ham or Tottenham, with Spurs currently being the more likely of these unlikely scenarios.

Harry Redknapp is well known for his careful management of each player and his approach to Ledley King maybe just what Ferdinand needs.

Whereas Sam Allardyce is a stickler for fitness and has recently turned away El Hadji-Diouf and Francisco Pavon as they did not meet the levels desired.

Of course Ferdinand is in a different class to these players and much too good for the Championship so it would clearly be a coup for the Hammers.

Should Allardyce instigate a swift return to the Premier League then a summer deal could be possible as Ferdinand still has great affection for the club and still rents a box at Upton Park.

He also has a good relationship with co-owners David Gold and Sullivan and has spoken in the past about one day returning to the club that nurtured him.

But at the moment there’s more chance of Luis Suarez getting a Christmas card from Patrice Evra than Rio turning the clock back 11 years to his old Upton Park days.

Vidic has also been a target of much transfer speculation and was mentioned as a possible target for regional development vehicle Anzhi Makhachkala during the summer, a move that seems just as implausible now as it did then.

The Serbian bulldozer was reportedly offered a £90,000-a-week deal in August to stay at Old Trafford after interest from Real Madrid and AC Milan following reports his wife was unhappy in Manchester.

Despite the emergence of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones as first team regulars, United have shown worrying lapses at the back so it is very unlikely Alex Ferguson would let either of his most experienced defenders go in the middle of the season.

Just like the Chelsea trio of Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and John Terry the United pair seem to be viewed by many in the media  as rickety old geezers that are struggling to hold on to their past glories at the top of the game.

It is true that they have had their injury worries and have perhaps not had the levels of consistency that made them famous, but it does not mean they can no longer cut it with the best.

As Drogba proved against Valencia, the 30-plus brigade still have plenty to offer and can be used alongside the young guns to add experience to a team. Something former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti made a career out of at AC Milan.

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