Rio Ferdinand remarked this summer that he never got the chance to “say goodbye” to Manchester United after he was offloaded to promoted Queens Park Rangers.
Today, he got his chance.
The 35-year-old defender was recognized before the match, as Sir Bobby Charlton presented him with a gift and the crowd rang its thanks for 450 matches of service to Manchester United over a 12-year Old Trafford career.
The match didn’t go so well for Ferdinand in defense, as QPR conceded four goals to a blistering Manchester United assault, but for a bit, Ferdinand was able to soak in the appreciation of the Old Trafford fans.
Ferdinand was also applauded off the pitch after the match, as the fans thanked him before and after the 90 minutes.