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    Admirable footballer that he is, Rio Ferdinand can also be a Grade-A pain at times. Think back to his elbowing of Hull's Craig Fagan in January or, last month, how he infuriatingly poked his nose in while referee Mark Clattenburg and his assistant were in the middle of a touchline discussion about whether to allow Nani's bizarre goal against Tottenham.

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  • "Even if we had it at 4 in the morning, that's not really going to bother me," United defender Rio Ferdinand said. "It's not something that has played on our minds. We will just deal with it."

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