Manchester United remained five points behind Manchester City on Saturday thanks to a 1-0 win over Sunderland which now means the Red Devils have kept three straight clean sheets following that 6-1 humbling at home to Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson recalled Rio Ferdinand to the defence for the match against the Black Cats, with a Wes Brown own goal proving to be the difference between the two sides.
Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are very much the old guard now that the club have released Brown and O’Shea, with the Serbian claiming that his team-mate still has plenty to offer Manchester United.
He said: “When you look at what has happened to Rio over the last few weeks, we have to remember this is a player who played in most of the big games last season, helped us win the Premier League title and reach the Champions League final, and yet after one game people are saying he is not good enough anymore.
“I think this is wrong and Rio showed that [against Sunderland]. Sometimes when you have been at the top a long time like Rio has, people judge you on your age and they are waiting for one bad game to say: ‘Oh, he’s finished.’ But the way Rio played was the perfect way to show he is not finished.”