Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 1/2/13
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has opened up on the time he was confronted by a gang of hooded fans during his contract talks with the club eight years ago. The group turned up outside the player's house to demand that he sign a new deal. Ferdinand's future had been the subject of speculation at the time after he had been photographed with then Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon in a restaurant, but that had been a chance encounter. Ferdinand was asked to come to the door but could not see anyone on his security monitors. The 34-year-old told Four Four Two magazine: "So I go to the side door and grab a big bit of wood, jump on the side of the wall and I'm just about to scream 'raaaah!' when I see there's a massive group of people, with hoodies and caps covering their faces. "I just thought, 'I'm going to get served up in a moment, so go bananas and they'll think you're a nutter!' "Then one of them said, 'We're the United boys, f***ing sign your contract,' and I was...
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