Ferdinand set to be dropped by Fergie?

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has called into question Rio Ferdinand's form amid reports that the defender could be dropped following a series of below par performances.

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Rio Ferdinand: First team place in danger?

The England defender's exploits for both club and country have been littered with costly errors and lapses of concentration, the latest of which allowed an 80% fitFernando Torres to score Liverpool's opening goal in United's 2-0 defeat at Anfield on Sunday.

Both The Sun and The Times call into question Ferdinand's future at Old Trafford with the club management apparently concerned that the 30-year-old defender has lost two yards of pace and will not be able to recover his top form.

Ferdinand gifted Craig Bellamy a goal in the Manchester derby in September and then his error led to England goalkeeper Robert Green being sent off against Ukraine at the start of October.

And Ferguson has even questioned whether the centre-back, who has struggled with injuries, will be able to keep his place in Fabio Capello's England squad for World Cup 2010 next summer.

"He has to get good form," Ferguson said. "That's an important issue for the coach to pick the right team. In defence you've maybe got more options than other positions. He'll need to get his form right."

Manchester United's highly-rated Northern Ireland centre-back Johnny Evans is tipped for an extended run in the team alongside Nemanja Vidic.

*Taken from Soccernet.com

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