Wet weather claims two games

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admits his fitness will

decide whether or not he signs a new deal at Old Trafford

The 34-year-old has struggled with a back problem for the last

few years, but the former England international has managed to

overcome the injury to play more regularly in the past 18


Ferdinand’s current deal expires in the summer and United boss

Sir Alex Ferguson recently hinted the defender was in line for a

new deal after hailing his form this term.

Former West Ham and Leeds ace Ferdinand admits the praise from

Ferguson was a boost, but he wants to see how his body copes with

the busy winter programme before making a decision on his long-term


“The best thing I can do is to look at it after Christmas, and

then again in the summer, to see how I’m feeling and go from

there,” said Ferdinand. “But hearing the manager saying I could go

on for maybe another two or three years definitely puts the spring

back in your step.

“I will have a better idea about that in December or January

time when the games start coming thick and fast. That is when it

really hits you and you know the hard work has to start.

“I will probably then get a better gauge of where I am,

fitness-wise, and the benefit of having the summer off then.”

No new dates have been arranged for the fixtures.

Boxing Day postponed fixtures:

League 1

Leyton Orient v Swindon

League 2

AFC Wimbledon v Northampton