His return for the Champions League draw with Rangers could not have come at a better time given Sir Alex Ferguson's announcement 24 hours earlier that Gary Neville would no longer wear the captain's armband.
Nemanja Vidic's omission at Old Trafford offered Ferguson the perfect chance to let Ferdinand resume his previously held status as Neville's stand-in.
It puts Ferdinand in pole position to lead the team in Sunday's visit of Liverpool. The only problem is he is not sure of his place.
"The manager has a decision to make with the players," said Ferdinand.
"There were 10 changes for Rangers and it could be the same again on Sunday.
"Hopefully I will be picked and part of the team. I have got to get picked first."