Rio Ferdinand has paid tribute to the desire to win and competitive spirit instilled into the Manchester United players by Sir Alex Ferguson.

The United boss is into his 25th year in the Old Trafford hot-seat but remains as committed to the cause as he ever has - something that rubs off on his squad.

Despite losing three of their last five games in the Barclays Premier League, United are still in pole position to lift the title come May and Ferdinand says there is no chance of any complacency from him or anyone else at Old Trafford.

"We always give absolutely everything in order to win and that comes from the manager," said the United defender. "It’s one of the reasons I love playing for Manchester United.


 

"This season we’re still not playing particularly well, but we’ve found consistency in the unbeaten run we went on. That bred confidence throughout the team. We knew we had a lot of resilience in the squad."

United still must face Chelsea and Arsenal in their pursuit of a record title haul, but Ferdinand insists that every game from now until the end of the season is of equal importance.

"Of course we want to beat Arsenal and Chelsea, but you don’t get any more points for doing that," Ferdinand added.

"You need to win every game and that’s the bottom line. That’s when experience comes into play, and we know that we have a lot of that here at United."

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