Sir Alex Ferguson told Rio Ferdinand not to "hang around" with Dwight Yorke

Rio Ferdinand has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson told him to avoid one of his Manchester United teammates immediately after he'd joined the club.

Ferdinand signed for the Red Devils in July of 2002 from their rivals Leeds in a deal that made him the most expensive British footballer in history at that time.

The then 23-year-old signed a five-year contract and cost United £30million, an offer which the cash-strapped Whites could not turn down.

His infamous white suit and bleached hair combo sported for the announcement at Old Trafford will always be remembered in footballing folklore.

But a shocking detail from the aftermath of that reveal has now been been shared by the centre-back-turned-pundit.

Ferdinand has recalled how prior to his first training session with the club he had spent the morning with Dwight Yorke, which prompted Fergie to have words as they entered training together.

The former England captain said: "I walked over and he went, 'Do you want to be here for a long time?' I said, 'Yeah, I want to win everything and I want to do it as well as I can, boss.'

"He said, 'Well the first thing you should probably think about doing is not hanging around with him (Yorke) because he ain't going to be here'.

"Wow. I said, 'What?' He said, 'He was unbelievable. He won everything but (he's) complacent now'.

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"When he said that to me, it just hit home that no one is safe at this club. No matter what you have done.

"Dwight Yorke was walking around as the king of Manchester as he'd won the treble and he was an integral part of that.

"But if you start letting standards slip maybe or if the intensity is not there at the training ground, you've got to go.

"That conversation stayed with me for the rest of my career at Man United. That fear of being pushed out the door because I wasn't as intense as I was at the beginning."

Yorke had fallen out of favour under Sir Alex and had spent the previous season firmly on the bench behind Ruud van Nistelrooy and now United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Just a matter of days after Ferdinand's arrival, the striker left the club and signed for Blackburn Rovers for an initial £2m fee, which was a loss of over £10m on the price they had signed him for in 1998.

The story is yet another example in a long line of fascinating insights as to how one of the greatest football managers ever conducted his business in order to achieve so much success.

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