Rio Ferdinand has claimed that despite a stuttering start to the season, Manchester United are still a force to be reckoned with in the title race and that he isn’t worried about the look of the current Premier League table, for the only that matters is to be at the top of the pile after the last game of the season.
United’s 2-2 draw at Cardiff on Sunday, saw the Reds conceding a late equaliser for the second time this season and have seen David Moyes’ men drop to sixth, seven points adrift of league leaders Arsenal.
United have won only the 50% of their 12 opening games, drawing three and losing three, a sharp contrast to last season’s form, which saw the Reds winning 28 times on their way to the title, with only five draws and five defeats.
Ferdinand, however, is well aware that other clubs will write United off at their peril.
“Nothing is given out now so it doesn’t matter what the table looks like now,’ said the 35-year-old.
“As long as you are within touching distance we will continue picking up points, build up momentum, and hopefully push our way up the table.
“We aimed to win against Cardiff, that’s what we set out to do at the start of the day. It’s disappointing we didn’t but at the same time there will be big clubs that come here and drop points so looking back maybe at the end of the season we might see this as a point gained rather than two points dropped.”
Things don’t get any easier for United either, with the Reds traveling to Leverkusen today ahead of what could be a crucial Champions League clash, before turning their attention to a trip to White Hart Lane next Sunday.
“We want to get it done early [qualify for the knockout stages] so that we can get back into the Premier League and have nothing else distracting us. It would be nice if we could get it finished over there,” said Rio.
“They [Leverkusen] are a good team, a well-equipped team. I think it will be a tougher game at their place. It is not going to be easy but we are more than capable.”
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