Ferdinand hails United quality

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Rio Ferdinand would not swap any of his Manchester United team-mates as they attempt to carve their names into the history books.

Over the next three weeks, United will attempt to collect the seven points required to complete a Premier League title hat-trick before heading to Rome to try and become the first side to defend the Champions League.

"I wouldn't swap any of our players for anyone in any other team," said the England defender.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men could not be in better shape, with the obvious exception of Darren Fletcher, who now knows he will miss United's attempt to defend their European crown following the red card he was so unlucky to receive for his penalty-box tackle on Cesc Fabregas.

And, as the man most likely to lead United out at the Olympic Stadium, Ferdinand could not wish for a better group of players to be behind him.

He added: "I look at other players around the world and then look at the ones in our dressing room and I am delighted to be in there.

"I hear a lot of people talking about various players being the best in the world but I am very happy with ours."

However, Ferdinand is cautious. The recent FA Cup semi-final defeat to Everton is proof the better team does not always triumph in a one-off game.

"I'll only be able to tell you after the final whether we are the best United team or not," said the 30-year-old.

"We haven't won anything this season. If we don't win the league and Champions League went belly up then we wouldn't be talked about as a successful side, let alone the best one, so we still have a lot to play for."

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