High Fergie praise for Rio

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was full of praise for Rio Ferdinand after watching the England international excel in midfield against Wolves.

With United comfortable on their trip to the Midlands, Ferdinand formed a makeshift central midfield pairing with Wayne Rooney for much of the 3-0 success.

Ferdinand looked more than comfortable in a midfield holding role rather than his normal position in central defence and Ferguson admits he is now considering using the talented duo together again on Wednesday against Blackburn.

"It is possible I could play them in there on Wednesday because they both did very well," said Ferguson.

"I was forced into the move really because my best selection options were all at the back.

"Darren Fletcher has played a lot of games and needed a break, while Alan Smith has been missing training with an ankle problem and I felt it was a big ask to throw him into a full-blooded FA Cup tie."

Ferguson also continued to confirm that Cristiano Ronaldo will likely be fit for midweek Wednesday action but the form of Kieran Richardson may keep his Portuguese team-mate on the bench.

Richardson grabbed a brace, infront of England manager Sven Goran Eriksson, with Ferguson equally praising in his assessment of the young midfielder's contribution of late.

"Kieran has been doing terrifically well for us," said Ferguson. "In fact, in the last two games he has probably been one of our best players.

"He is only 21 and he is improving all the time."