In news everyone saw coming, The Sun on Tuesday announce that Rio Ferdinand’s days at Manchester United are numbered.
The backpage headline on Britain’s most popular tabloid reads: “Rio in Cold – Future on brink as he’s left out of Utd Dubai trip”.
On the red-top’s website a few more details are provided to the story, which centres on the claim that Rio Ferdinand, 35, has been left out of Manchester United’s squad for a warm-weather training camp in Dubai in a supposed clear indication that the defender is set to announce he will retire this summer.
Neil Custis adds “United will make a statement on Thursday explaining the defender’s exclusion from the five-day trip to the Middle East.”
A copy of the backpage of The Sun on Tuesday is below.