The PlayStation game, which fueled Man Utd’s success with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, even dedicated celebrations to him

RIO FERDINAND has revealed playing a PlayStation game fueled Manchester United’s success during his time at the club.

The 44-year-old spent 12 years at Old Trafford after joining from Leeds in 2002, winning six Premier League titles and the Champions League.

Rio Ferdinand has revealed that much of United's success was due to a PlayStation game


Rio Ferdinand has revealed that much of United’s success was due to a PlayStation gamePhoto credit: Getty
Ferdinand and Ronaldo dedicated a goal celebration to the game


Ferdinand and Ronaldo dedicated a goal celebration to the gamePhoto credit: Reuters
You would play Socom on PSP


You would play Socom on PSP

Ferdinand played with some of the best players in the world during his time at United and was managed by the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, but actually attributes the team’s success to a PlayStation game.

Speaking to former team-mate Ben Foster on the Fozcast, the pair recalled how obsessed the United squad was with the Socom game.

Foster said: “We used to always play a game, it was at Man United, on the PSP for the younger listeners it was a PlayStation portable, we played Socom – an old school Call of Duty – we have hours with that game we didn’t spend.”

Ferdinand added that there is disappointment when the journey to away games takes less than an hour.

He said: “If we were to do a one-hour trip, ah, that’s not long enough, it takes you about two or three hours so we can get in between, like two teams six-on-six or five-on-five, most of our squad except the oldies like Gary Neville, Edwin and Giggsy.

“I still say that part of us won and our culture stems from that game. Trust me because we were all in it together, hating and fighting at times, people throwing PSPs, it was amazing.”

Ferdinand revealed the obsession went so far that they even hosted goal celebrations dedicated to the game.

He said: “It was incredible that we scored the right goals, me, Cristiano, Kieran Richardson, we celebrated after one of the goals as proof of the game, it was unreal to be honest.”


The pair recalled that each player had a nickname, with Foster being known as “Haywire” and Rio as “Brap.”

The obsession wasn’t just limited to United, but played it out on duty in England.

Foster said: “We really got into that, like in England for example, there would be a wall where we would go into separate rooms but we would have to sit with our backs against the wall just so we could be that close the wall are it would go through the wall.

“They can’t let us hear them because I’m there or there in this room, so I would do from time to time that you would have to go and revive your teammates. So if someone died, you would have to go and revive them.

“I would wait until I killed someone down there.”

Ferdinand said of Foster: “He was the most selfish player ever, goalkeeper.”

Foster replied: “Lone wolf so I’d definitely watch him revive, his mate went and revived him and then boom two more kills mate and then I’d wait for someone else to come and get them.” , easy pickings, it was gold though.”


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