Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has said there is no problem between him and defender Rio Ferdinand over the player’s refusal to wear a T-shirt supporting the anti-racism Kick It Out campaign ahead of the 4-2 win over Stoke.
Following Ferdinand’s defiance over the issue Ferguson said the 33-year-old would be “dealt with”.
The pair were reported to have resolved their differences on Sunday and Ferdinand trained at Carrington yesterday morning ahead of tonight’s Champions League encounter with Braga at Old Trafford.
Ferguson today told a press conference: “There is no issue. There was a communication problem. But it has been resolved.”
The United manager also revealed he had decided to rest Ferdinand and Patrice Evra for the Braga game ahead of the Premier League clash with leaders Chelsea on Sunday. “He and Patrice Evra will not play. There is a big game at Chelsea on Sunday. They will be the two main changes tomorrow.”
But with Chris Smalling still out with a broken metatarsal the defensive options are limited for Ferguson and his decision not to play Ferdinand could see Jonny Evans paired with rookie Scott Wootton.
United have started their European campaign with a 100 per cent record following victories over Galatasaray and Cluj. —
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