Tom Cleverley defends Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand
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Tom Cleverley says that people are wrong to undermine the performance of Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand this season.

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has defended his teammate Rio Ferdinand against criticism for his performance against Tottenham Hotspur last month.

The centre-back was singled out in the Red Devils' 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford in the Premier League, but he was impressive in their 3-0 away win against Newcastle United on Sunday.

"People were doubting Rio but he's had one bad game in about six months," Cleverley told MUTV. "He was fantastic along with Rafael, Patrice [Evra] and Jonny [Evans] for anyone doubting our defence.

"We have conceded a few goals due to some small mistakes this season but that's a team thing - not just the defence.

"I couldn't believe some of the stuff I read about Rio in the week. It's definitely not deserved is that."

United are currently second in the league table with 15 points from seven matches, four points behind leaders Chelsea.

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