Manchester United hero Rio Ferdinand has revealed that complete team unity is why United have been so successful this season, and are so close to sealing the FA Cup, Champions League and Barclays Premier League trophies.
"You don’t see anyone come off the pitch shaking their head or being disgruntled or sitting on the bench in a sulk at this club,” Ferdinand said.
"That’s because everyone is delighted to play for this club and they all want to be here.
"The moment you show a bit of dissent like that, the manager pulls rank, and rightly so.”
Sir Alex Ferguson is known for not taking any flack from big stars, no matter how important they think they are to the club. And Ferdinand believes this only serves as a positive in the Manchester United change rooms.
"It keeps people on their toes. People want to play here, they don’t want to be part of any other squad, and that’s the way it is at Manchester United.
"It comes out of respect for the manager, the club itself and the people who are here before you and present as well.”
Treating every player as an equally important member of the squad is also a bit part of the United regime, according to the star center back.
"There’s an unwritten rule here. You see it in the changing-room before games - there are no cliques.
"Players are wishing each other well before games, even if someone else is playing in your position. That’s just the way we are."
That unity will be more important than ever for Manchester United as they take on City in the FA Cup semi final this weekend. With three different competitions to compete in, United fans might fear that the City game could be lost, but Ferdinand won’t be underestimating the importance of beating their cross town rivals.
"City have invested heavily in a lot of players so they’ve got a lot of talented players to come in. You don’t spend £27 million on a player who is average.
"Edin Dzeko is a good player, he’s played Champions League football for a few years, he’s won the league in Germany, so he’s a good player. We won’t be underestimating City."
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