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Moyes dismisses Ferdinand retirement reports

The veteran centre half is going nowhere, according to the Manchester United boss.

Under pressure: Manchester United manager David Moyes on the sideline at the weekend.
Under pressure: Manchester United manager David Moyes on the sideline at the weekend.
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DAVID MOYES HAS moved to cool rumours Rio Ferdinand could be heading for the Manchester United exit door at the end of the season.

The veteran centre-back had been tipped to retire by some sections of the British media after reportedly being left out of the club’s mid-season training camp in Dubai.

However, manager Moyes dismissed the stories as pure speculation.

“Whatever was written today was a load of rubbish,” he fumed. “Complete nonsense.”

United visit Arsenal tomorrow hoping to bounce back from a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to basement club Fulham on Sunday, but Moyes put that result down to persistent bad luck.

“In any other game you would have scored many goals from it,” the Scot continued. “We had plenty of chances to win the game.

“We’re doing the right things, we need to keep going. Our luck will change.

“Football does that sometimes. We’ve just got to try to make sure it doesn’t happen too often.”

Moyes’ men picked up a 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture against Arsenal, and the Scot his hopeful his charges can rediscover that form this time around.

“We got a good result against them at Old Trafford and we’ll try for the same again,” he added. “We’re a top side and hopefully we’ll show that. We’ll do everything to pick up the three points.”

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