Rio Ferdinand has admitted his concern with his current form.
Rio Ferdinand is such a stellar name in world football that he attracts praise from around the globe from fans whatever the recent results.
But it seems sometimes he is almost embarrassed to accept compliments.
You can't blame him after his displays in United's two consecutive Premier League losses.
The 4-1 defeat to Manchester City was a dismal display all round, but Ferdinand did himself no favours - part of a backline caught napping on several occasions.
His role in the loss to West Brom was even worse from an individual perspective; the centre-back was nutmegged by Romain Amalfitano en route to scoring a wonderful solo goal.
He missed the game in midweek against Shakhtar with injury, but not before manager David Moyes told the press the defender was due to be dropped anyway. Ouch.
Ferdinand is a player who admits every loss eats him up, unable to sleep or concentrate. Such an obsession is also what drives winners, and it shows he cares which is important even at this stage of his career.
So when he received message from a fan on Twitter saying 'I love your defending', the United defender was almost sheepish in accepting the compliment, his response indicating he feels at present he isn't worthy of such praise.
Ferdinand has been way under par this year, and it is hard to argue Jonny Evans does not deserve a sustained run in the side alongside Nemanja Vidic at centre-back.
With his future uncertain at the club - his contract expires in June 2014 - winning his place and showing he deserves a place at United beyond this season could just be the toughest challenge of his career.
Does Rio merit a new deal beyond the season? What do you make of his comment?
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