‘He used to be a madness’ – Rio Ferdinand reveals the hardest player he played against

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has named former Manchester United teammate Louis Saha as the hardest player he played against.

Ferdinand said: “Shout out to Louis I love him. What a player. He actually in training he was levels. I remember Nemanja Vidic saying: ‘Louis Saha WOAH, does it get harder than this?’

“He is the hardest player I have played against. He used to be a madness. He was a joke. Only injuries stopped him exploding and being an absolutely crazy player for Man United.

“This guy cared, he is one of them guys when I look back now can see there was pain in his eyes because of the injuries. He knew what he was capable of and he wasn’t able to go out and do it because he was held back by injuries.

“This guy was as quick as anything out there, off both feet, stronger than anybody, knew where to run and his timing was mad. Mad player. He could have been an absolute madness. He came on and changed games.

“I remember in training he was the hardest. Out of all the strikers I trained against at Man United he was probably the hardest one to play against.

“[Wayne] Rooney took the ball when the ball came in and would take it that way so the defender would come with you and then take it on the outside. Saha was the man at that.”