Rio Ferdinand backs James Arthur to win X Factor

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has backed James Arthur to win X Factor.

Attending the show in Manchester, he said: "I like them both to be honest but James Arthur is my man, I really like him."

Ferdinand said he stays "in the background" when the Manchester United dressing room breaks into song, but that Wayne Rooney "loved" the show.

Asked whether Rooney has a good voice, Ferdinand added: "He tells me he has, yeah."

Ferdinand was struck by an object thrown from the crowd in the closing stages of Manchester United's 3-2 win at Manchester City today.

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