Ferdinand threw ‘disrespectful’ Man Utd youth star’s clothes out of a car window

Rio Ferdinand once reinforced the Manchester United hierarchy by throwing Joshua King’s clothes out of a moving car window.

Ferdinand shared a dressing room with the now Watford striker when he was a young, up and coming prospect in the Red Devils’ academy. The former Bournemouth and Everton hitman would have also been trying to entrench himself in an illustrious United side also containing the likes of Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, and Nemanja Vidic.

Considering the nature of the characters within the Carrington training ground, one could not blame the striker for trying to prove his mental strength and confidence to his potential teammates. However, King, or to be more specific, King’s clothes, paid a very heavy price as they were launched out of a car window by Ferdinand.

“One time, one of the young lads, Josh King it was, I just threw his clothes out on the drive to Carrington, all the way down, because he was a bit disrespectful," Ferdinand said to Vibe with Five.

“He came into the changing room and he thought it’d be cheeky and funny to move one of my trainers and hide them. I let him go out to training, I got all his clothes and his wash bag, drove down Carrington Lane, and every 50 yards I threw one piece of his clothes or his shoes out of the window. He never came into training to do that again.”

While Ferdinand could almost be referred to as a flag bearer for dressing room culture and pranks, the England international’s actions would have likely sent a very firm message to King.

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However, the former West Ham United defender does not have a shred of remorse or regret in his actions as he feels young players need to know their place in the pecking order. “The young lads know there is a hierarchy in the training room, you can’t come in there and do those type of things,” a very unapologetic Ferdinand said.

“A young kid coming in our changing room and going in our fridge to get a drink would be a violation. But that was the way it was and it has always been like that.”

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