27 October 2009

Fergie gives Rio Ferdinand two choices - "Either perform or get ready to be excluded from the senior squad"

Sir Alex Ferguson has told Ferdinand to lift his game or risk getting dropped - for both club and country.

The England centre-back has come under intense scrutiny amid a form slump that has seen him make some high-profile errors.

Ferdinand gifted Craig Bellamy a goal in the Manchester derby in September, and then contributed to the sending-off of England goalkeeper Robert Green after misjudging the flight of the ball against Ukraine in October.

The 30-year-old was also made to look the fool by Fernando Torres' pace and strength as the Reds striker scored in United's 2-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday.

It is claimed that Ferdinand may be dropped for this weekend's home game against Blackburn Rovers, as Ferguson prepares to give young Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans an extended run in the side alongside Nemanja Vidic (who was sent off against Liverpool).

The United boss said in The Sun: "He has to get good form. 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."
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