Man Utd keeper Van der Sar: Rio will shake off bad patch

Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar admits Rio Ferdinand is going through a "bad patch".

Ferdinand, however, remains one of the most decorated players in world football and at 30 years old has plenty of time left at the top.

He is, therefore, expected to snap out of his slump in the not too distant future, with his Old Trafford team-mates and manager supporting his cause.

"Rio's some character and is some player but, of course, sometimes you go through a bad patch," said United's veteran Dutch keeper Van der Sar.

"I'm sure it doesn't affect him. We have to make sure we get the understanding back from last year. I'm sure we're going to be solid again at the back."