Following on from the widely reported training ground tussle between Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli, it was inevitable that Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson would be asked about football club’s training sessions and access to the public being granted to them.
The response was predictable enough. What business in it’s right mind would effectively operate an open house policy that would only serve to benefit that business’ rivals?
I don’t know how you would do your work. If you wanted to do tactical work, how would you do it, with the press hovering around you?
One issue the Manchester United manager wasn’t too concerned about making pubic property was the subject of Rio Ferdinand and the issue of a new contract for his long standing defender:
I don’t think Rio wants to leave and, as I have said before, he can play onI don’t think he has the same issue with his back that he had a couple of years ago. It is manageable now.
There is no way you would be expecting him to play every four days right through a season anyway. Getting rest at the right time definitely helps him and he does a lot of work on his pre-match preparation now, with yoga and a lot of other things to help him sustain his playing time.
There will always be speculation about such a significant and high profile star but it is pretty clear from Sir Alex that Rio Ferdinand will renew his soon to expire contract with Manchester United.