Rio Ferdinand’s brutal response to former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville’s New Year’s message

Rio Ferdinand gave a brutal response when his former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville shared a New Year’s message on Instagram.

Former United captain Neville posted a picture of himself in action back in 2011 against West Bromwich Albion, in what turned out to be his last game for the club.

Despite United winning that match at The Hawthorns 2-1, it turned out to be an under par, with Neville in particular not at his best as he somehow avoided giving a penalty kick, despite he got Graham Dorrans down just as he was about to shoot.

Neville has previously talked about how his performance that day convinced him to hang up his boots, and he used a picture from the game to give his own message to ring into the new year.

The former defender subtitles the picture with the post: “Happy New Year everyone!

“A recurring image for New Year’s Day 2011 against West Brom and my last game for United. Have a great year and go for it.”

Ferdinand, who also played that day, weighed in with an answer and commented: “Bad day at the office that … dark.”

Neville ended up being replaced in the 71st minute that day, revealing after his retirement that he sat on the toilet in the locker room and cried, knowing it was his last game for United.

Neville wrote in the Daily Mail later that year: “The end came for me on New Year’s Day 2011 – and it came on a toilet at The Hawthorns.

“It was not the way I would have chosen to finish, but I knew for sure that this was my last match.

“I could not wait for it to be over.

“In the locker room, the manager barked instructions on how to improve on a terrible performance in the first half against West Brom.”

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