Rio Ferdinand will wait until the summer before discussing new terms with Manchester United. The Sunday Mirror says the defender has 18 months on his contract, but for more than a season ­injuries have negated his ability to start games ­regularly.

This is illustrated by the fact Ferdinand's start against Swansea in the ­Premier League yesterday was only the first time in 2011 that he has started three consecutive games.

Sir Alex Ferguson ­recently stated that he was no longer first choice at the heart of the defence.

And privately Ferdinand realises the ­development of Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling, coupled with the ­arrival of Phil Jones from ­Blackburn Rovers, means he faces a fight to save his ­career at the club.