Rio doubts Man Utd training bust-up and says "don’t believe everything you hear"

A sceptical Rio Ferdinand warned "don’t believe everything you read” when asked about the alleged “bust-up” in a recent Manchester United training session.

The Red Devils’ miserable campaign ended in a whimper, as Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace side comfortably overcame the Reds in their final Premier League match of the season. It was a result that consigned United to a poor sixth-placed finish, which would have been even worse had West Ham United not lost to Brighton and Hove Albion.

But approximately ten days before the Crystal Palace loss, left-back Alex Telles and United academy star Hannibal Mejbri allegedly had to be pulled apart after having a ‘full-on’ scrap with one another at the end of a training session. However, an unconvinced Rio Ferdinand suggested those claims should be taken with a pinch of salt, and even if it did happen, training ground “tear-ups” used to happen all the time.

“Don’t believe everything you read,” Ferdinand snapped in an interview with JOE, when asked about the incident. “If there are dust-ups in training, then I don’t see that as being something to report on.

“I understand why people do report it because people are interested in that stuff, but it’s not a surprise. Everyone seems surprised if there was a fight, even though we do not know if there was one or not.

Ferdinand was part of a hugely successful United side that won six Premier League titles, the Champions League, and three League Cups between 2002 and 2014. But he was also witness to many infamous scraps between team mates, including a heated clash between Cristiano Ronaldo and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

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And while reflecting on that highly talked about incident, Ferdinand poured cold water over any drama or excitement from the alleged clash at United’s training ground this season. “There is people getting in people’s faces constantly,” Ferdinand added.

“Listen, you’ve got grown men going at it, all fighting to win, to be the best, to want to be in the team. Some people aren’t happy at certain times of the year and what not.

“It’s understandable there are going to be tear-ups.”

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