Man Utd boss Ferguson: Valencia was great test for Ferdinand
Much of that was due to the presence of Ferdinand alongside skipper Nemanja Vidic for the first time this season.
"Rio needed a game like that," said Ferguson. "He has the experience, which was vital and the ability to keep the ball, which is important.
"His experienced helped us. There is no question about that.
"For his first real game in a long time we are very pleased with that."