Rio Ferdinand is a Manchester United legend and one of the most decorated players in the club’s history. He won six Premier League titles, three League Cups, and the Champions League during his 12-year spell at Old Trafford.
Recently, Ferdinand was left stunned when he saw Jude Bellingham up close for the first time. Bellingham is a 16-year-old midfielder who recently signed for Manchester United from Birmingham City. Ferdinand was so moved by the sight of the young player that his voice broke live on TV.
Ferdinand was appearing on BT Sport’s coverage of the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester United and Chelsea when he saw Bellingham. He was so taken aback by the sight of the youngster that he was unable to speak for a few moments.
“I’m sorry, I’m just looking at Jude Bellingham,” Ferdinand said, his voice breaking. “He’s 16 years old and he’s playing in a semi-final of the FA Cup. It’s incredible.”
Ferdinand went on to explain why he was so moved by the sight of Bellingham. He said that he was reminded of his own journey from a young player to a Manchester United legend.
“I remember when I was 16, I was playing in the youth team at West Ham,” Ferdinand said. “I was dreaming of playing in the first team, let alone playing in a semi-final of the FA Cup. It’s incredible.”
Ferdinand’s words were a testament to the impact that Bellingham has already had on the Manchester United team. The youngster has made a huge impression since joining the club in January, and he has already become a regular starter in the team.
Bellingham’s performance against Chelsea was particularly impressive. He was a constant threat going forward and he almost scored a goal in the second half.
Ferdinand’s words were a reminder of the potential that Bellingham has. He is still only 16 years old, but he is already making a huge impact at Manchester United. It is clear that Ferdinand is excited to see what the future holds for the youngster.