Rio Ferdinand could retire at the end of the season when his Manchester united contract expires to move into TV punditry

Rio Ferdinand believed to be considering retirement when his Manchester United contract expires at end of the season

Ferdinand has already begun the move into TV punditry and he is said to be considering the role of BT Sport's main football analyst

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic

Stoke City v Manchester United: Nemanja Vidic must fight for place, warns David Moyes ahead of Capital One Cup tie

David Moyes has warned his captain Nemanja Vidic he cannot expect to walk straight back into the Manchester United team as they prepare to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United is helped off the pitch

Nemanja Vidic warned he cannot expect to walk back into Manchester United side

David Moyes says his captain is not guaranteed a place in the starting XI

Manchester United's Phil Jones has urged his teammates to deal with the pressure that their bad run of form has caused despite their low confidence

Aston Villa v Manchester United: Midfielder Phil Jones admits confidence is low at Old Trafford but the squad must deal with the pressure

Jones scored the winner against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night to see United through to the Champions League last 16 but they must look to return to winning ways in the Premier League

Gylfi Sigurdsson celebrates scoring against Chelsea
Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney pictured during the 5-0 victory over Bayern Leverkusen

Ryan Giggs is 'getting better' with age, suggests Manchester United manager David Moyes

The Welshman, who turns 40 tomorrow, was superb in Manchester United's Champions League win against Bayer Leverkusen

Adnan Januzaj cost United £500,000 from Anderlecht

Expectations around Adnan Januzaj must be tempered warns former Manchester United player Gary Pallister

The 18-year-old has burst onto the scene this season

Chris Brunt tries to make progress during Northern Ireland's defeat

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The Uruguayan returned following his 10-match ban for biting

Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling hopeful tough start could benefit Manchester United

The champions open their campaign against Swansea

Stuart Holden

Luckless Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden to be sidelined again

The US international will miss the start of the season

Wayne Rooney is replaced by a cardboard cut-out on United's tour
Robin van Persie

David Moyes introduces last man standing shot practice to Manchester United, but who is left embarrassed once it's all over?

With names such as van Persie, Welbeck, Hernandez and Giggs, surely the United squad would have no problems trying to score a simple goal? Think again...

Robin van Persie in action against Yokohama

Yokohama 3 Manchester United 2: David Moyes suffers another shock defeat on pre-season tour

The new manager has lost two of his first three games in charge

Manchester United's Scottish manager Alex Ferguson kisses the Premier League trophy (Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)

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