A media black out is still in effect at Old Trafford, but Rio Ferdinand has moved to assure fans that Manchester United will put their losses to Chelsea and Liverpool behind them as they face a difficult fixture in the coming weeks.
With facing Arsenal and Chelsea in their last 9 Barclays Premier League games, as well as Arsenal in the FA Cup tie and Champions League success to consider as well, the veteran center back for United believes comebacks are the Reds specialty.
“We just knew we had to win. I’ve been at United for nine years and I can’t think of many occasions when we’ve lost two games back to back.”
Ferdinand is currently out of action with a calf injury, which Sir Alex Ferguson believes may stem from a back strain that occurred during a trip to Japan in the Club World Cup in December.
Ferdinand has been absent from both of United’s recent losses, and the Manchester medical team are still trying to fully determine why his injury isn’t recovering at a normal rate.
But Ferdinand’s mental strength has always been very influential over the Manchester United players, and Ferguson will be hoping his words are heeded by the team as they face a difficult few weeks.
“I hate [losing]. It’s just the way I am. I’m the same when I’m messing about on a computer game: I always want to win and I’ve always been like that. When that feeling leaves me it’ll be time to hang up my boots.”