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Rio '007' Ferdinand faces this deadly foe on a TV screen near you

The plot thickens at Old Trafford as the wannabe actor and panto villain meet at high noon (plus 90).

RIO FERDINAND MAY be hobbling through, potentially, his final season with Manchester United but he has not lost any of his ‘brap braaap’ swagger.

The United defender will line-up against Liverpool this afternoon and do battle with a player that has raised his bile on a few occasions since he arrived in the Premier League from Ajax – Luis Suarez.

Ferdinand spoke during the week about his ambitions to become the first black James Bond.

The cameras were not rolling on the former England international — this was not the comeback of his prank show ‘Merked’.

We at TheScore.ie are still getting used to the idea of Daniel Craig swanning around as Bond in torso-asphyxiating swimming trunks but Rio got us thinking.

Resident Photoshop expert Steve O’Rourke was deployed to his lab/bedroom for 72 hours and, with the help of too many others, he created an ultimate James Bond cast-list of United and Liverpool players.

When it came to the arch-villain there could only be one man to pose dastardly intentions to Rio ’007′ Ferdinand – Liverpool’s Uruguayan goal-getter Suarez.

‘Ah Mr Suarez, your reputation precedes you’. (Credit: Steve O’Rourke)

Back in the world of football, Ryan Giggs – a man who could easily play Bond – has told the Sunday People that he would be happy to sit down with Alex Ferguson at the end of the season to discuss a new contract. He is in no rush.

Giggs said, “I am cool with that. I am enjoying my football at the moment, but the end of the season is a few months away and you never know what will happen.”

*We will be liveblogging Manchester United v Liverpool from 1pm today.

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