Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ferdinand Reveals Tweet Secret

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ferdinand Reveals Tweet Secret

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RIO Ferdinand admits he would use Twitter to 'create doubts' in former team-mate Gerard Pique's mind if he was coming up against him as a striker today.

The pair spent four years together at United before Pique returned to Barcelona in 2008 and established himself as one of the world's best defenders.

Ferdinand came up against the Spain international in two Champions League finals, in 2009 and 2011, and lost both.

And, having been a prolific user of social media since retiring, Ferdinand believes Twitter taunts could have given him the edge in those games - if he had been a forward.

"Twitter made me want to be a striker more because I would have been able to hammer defenders every week prior to a game and after," he said.

"I would have been going into games and just hammering defenders so that when I did get to the game they knew they would be scared because I've talked so much. …

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