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Ex-Arsenal defender Keown offers Ferdinand advice to prolong Man Utd career

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown says Rio Ferdinand can prolong his career at Manchester United by adjusting his game. Keown wrote in the Daily Mail: "I've heard a lot of people suggesting that Rio Ferdinand is past it after his part in Manchester United's defeat by Tottenham.

"But, with help from his team-mates - which he didn't have on Saturday - he can still be very effective.

"Yes, Ferdinand could have done things better on all three Tottenham goals but no central defender in the country could have dealt with Gareth Bale running at him like he did for Spurs' second goal.

"Ferdinand must become the organiser. He can also make some adjustments to his game to help with losing his pace. John Terry, who is slower than Ferdinand, goes to ground earlier and deals with danger quickly as he knows he can't win a race against many strikers. Ferdinand might need to do that more often.

"I had to be more aggressive as I lost my pace because I had to deal with things quicker. By making the same adjustments, Ferdinand can extend his career."

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