Ferdinand's fragile body is susceptible to injury and for that reason he almost certainly won't last as long as Giggs, Scholes or any of the age-defying centre backs of the last 10 years. But when fit, he remains a valuable asset for United.
When the most successful British manager of all time eventually retires (or passes on, having endured yet another Nani dribble down a blind alley), who should he hand over his hairdryer and rock-hard lump of wrigleys to? I run down some candidates.
Not something learned, per se, but extra weight was added to the argument for scrapping the pre-match handshake after Anton Ferdinand refused to shake the hands of John Terry and Ashley Cole.
Arguably, the biggest challenge that faces a footballer is knowing when to stop. In some cases, the decision is made for them but it's more common for the player to make that call.
The nauseating bone-deep gash to his thigh was not the only thing that would have had Wayne Rooney grimacing on Saturday last.
Although this is not an extraordinary occasion - Ferguson has made a habit of excluding journalists and newspapers for years - it is an exceptional one. For it is perhaps the first time Ferguson has meted out an exclusion for writers being right.
The main event of Sky Sports' Super Sunday was a contest between two teams trying to adapt to new systems, with somewhat mixed results.
Mexico's Olympic gold medalist Hector Herrera could be just what Manchester United's midfield is lacking.
Robin van Persie is Manchester United's first marquee signing since Dimitar Berbatov in 2008, but can the marquee buy make his mark amidst an overload of attackers at Old Trafford?
In today's favourite rumour tailor-made to bother me, Sahin is linked with a one-year loan deal with Arsenal, in a move which both confuses and irritates me. Of course, transfer rumours are just that, rumours, but sometimes the rumour is so juicy that it's just worth talking about.
Those with heroes all share a propensity for thinking the individuals they adore are somehow infallible. A state of unadulterated perfection is moulde...
Recently the world's most valuable sports team plays a friendly match at a South African stadium whose construction overlapped with large numbers of poor people being forced into housing which some brand a concentration camp.
Arsenal's performance in the 2003-4 season saw them dubbed 'The Invincibles' after going an entire Premier League season without a loss, a feat yet to be repeated. Fast forward to 2012 and Arsenal now teeter on the edge of losing their third marquee player in two years.
Amidst a season in which investors saw the fiasco that was the Facebook IPO, the recent news of the proposed listing of English football giants Manchester United on the New York Stock Exchange has raised a few eyebrows.
Manchester United Commercial Director Richard Arnold caused a bit of a stir among rival fans, and a certain amount of embarrassment among his own fans when he claimed United had '25 George Clooney's in their ranks, referring to each one of them being a star player. Well, I think even the most hardy United found that quite hard to believe after a number of average performances this season, and a trophy-less campaign.
They say you can never go back. As last season approached its dramatic denouement, giddy with excitement I decided to pick the best Manchester United XI of my time going to football matches (1988-present).