Rio Ferdinand: Carrick 'best of generation'; Yaya Toure wasted by City

Rio Ferdinand

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been speaking about Manchester United and Manchester City.

It might be a surprise to see Rio Ferdinand still using Twitter, after the FA once again decided to use him as an example to make a point. He is currently serving a suspension for an offensive Tweet he sent in reaction to provocation on the social media site.

However he is still a big advocate for the communication between fans and players on devices such as Twitter and the ex-Manchester United player was back on the horse yesterday.

He was of course a keen watcher of the Manchester derby, as a veteran of Manchester United - only leaving the club for QPR this summer.

And he had some interesting comments on the game.

As well as saying that it hurt to watch Brian Kidd celebrate a City triumph and that one of the three missed penalties by Michael Oliver was 'a penalty' he had comments on Yaya Toure and Michael Carrick - as well as Chris Smalling.

Firstly he was aghast at City's tactics. He, like many, cannot believe the club still refuse to play the Ivorian in an advanced midfield position from the get-go - where he is clearly more decisive.

But he also made it clear that Smalling's first booking was pivotal to his sending off. Smalling decided to try and slow the game down by standing in front of Joe Hart from a drop kick. It was a truly silly yellow card and it was almost as if it's triviality left it forgotten in Smalling's mind as he flew into a challenge on James Milner. The Manchester United man was sent for an early bath and the rest was history.

But he had praise for Carrick, as the best defensive midfielder of his generation. Carrick actually came on at centre-back, a position where Louis van Gaal is reportedly set to use him for Manchester United this season.

It will be interesting to see if Carrick can adequately replace Ferdinand in this continually changing Manchester United back-four.

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