Rio The Best In Europe - Fergie

Last updated : 24 July 2008 By Sam
The England international defender, who following a spell out with a back injury returned to action in United's second Vodacom Challenge game against Orlndo Pirates in Durban, has formed a formidable partnership with Nemanja Vidic helping United to win the Premier League title and Champions League trophy in recent seasons.

"Rio has been the best defender in the country, if not Europe, for a couple of years," Fergie has said.

"His maturity and leadership have been key factors in the team's success.

"He is someone that young players learn from and that more experienced players respect.

"I have not seen a better defensive pairing than him and Nemanja Vidic for a long time."