Man Utd boss Ferguson: Rio is the key

Ferguson said: “I don’t think there is any doubt he has always had a fantastic talent with balance and use of the ball, and his technique for a centre-back is probably the best in the game. The area in which he has improved in is his concentration.

“He and Vidic have formed a good partnership and it will get better because they are young.

“I think I rested him for one game and I don’t think the number of games will affect him. He is a strong athlete and I have been delighted with him.”