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Ferdinand praises 'formidable' home form

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Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United have turned Old Trafford into a fortress, and believes the club's home prowess will go a long way in helping them to secure a 20th domestic title this year.

The reigning Barclays Premier League champions have started this season as they finished the last, and sit proudly at the top of the table, with an unbeaten record that includes four wins from four home games.

"There is such belief in the squad, we are gunning for title No.20," Ferdinand told the Daily Star Sunday. "We believe Old Trafford is a fortress and that is a great base for us to build on.

"That's the belief we've got, that's the belief the fans have got. Many teams come here knowing it's going to be a long battle. It is the best stadium in the world to play in. The atmosphere, the fans - it's electric.


 

"I think the biggest thing at Old Trafford is that teams can go one or two goals up against us and even if they walk in at half-time, two-up, then there's a good chance we will come back and win the game."

The 32-year-old defender says the side's never-say-die attitude stems from the confidence and belief instilled by Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson, helped by the winning habit of the elder statesmen in the young squad.

"It comes from the manager - he has got a winning mentality and wants to win all the time," Ferdinand added. "It rubs off on the team.

"You have to have a certain number of players who have been here for a while who can take that on board. They can address that in the dressing room - and we have got experience at the club."

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