A few days ago, Rio Ferdinand had Chicharito on his YouTube channel. The two caught up and talked about their time together at Manchester United.
Some of the highlights
- United Transfer: It hit him that he was moving to United when he landed in Manchester airport. Said he would have signed for anything.
- “This boy will score goals” Jim Lawlor, United Scout, to Rio Ferdinand after they signed Chicharito.
- Rio said Chicha was a student of the game, always in the gym, very focused at United.
- High praise of Fergie. Said he kept the on-field stuff there and was different off the field.
- Goal vs Bolton was one of Chicha’s/Rio’s favorite goal due to his movement.
- Loved playing with Rooney, Berba, RvP. Changed up playing styles depending on strike partner.
- Real Madrid loan: Was a dream come true.
- Thought United got rid of him too soon.
- Had a chance to be sold to another club but he made up his mind to accept Real Madrid loan after talking to Fergie.
- Couldn’t accept coming off the bench for Moyes like he did with Fergie. Even said Fergie was going to talk to Moyes about playing him more before the season started.
- Could have left before season with Moyes but Woodward/Moyes wouldn’t sell him, same thing in January before Moyes was ultimately fired before the season was over.
- CR7, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Sergio Ramos really impressed him at Real
- Javier Mascherano is hardest opponent he ever faced. Praised how he read the game.
- Best 5 players he shared a locker room with: DeGea, Ramos, Carrick, rooney and CR7
Not a bad way to spend 25 minutes and I highly recommend it to Chicharito/ Manchester United fans.