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Worried Man Utd boss Ferguson tells Rio to ditch own film premiere

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has held showdown talks with defender Rio Ferdinand. The Times says Ferguson has told Ferdinand to get his priorities straight after ordering the Manchester United defender to pull out of the screening of a new film he helped to fund.

Ferdinand was due to attend the Manchester premiere on Thursday night of Dead Man Running, a movie he co-produced with Ashley Cole, an England team-mate, but Ferguson instructed him to stay away amid concerns that off-field distractions are contributing to his poor form.

The Scot was dismayed that the defender chose to attend the London screening of the film last week before their clash with Liverpool and just hours after clambering off a long flight back from Moscow, and felt that Ferdinand was pushing his luck by planning to attend another showing just 48 hours before United's Barclays Premier League match against Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford this evening.

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