Rio Ferdinand has insisted that he’s not concerned by his critics, with the defender struggling to get back to full fitness and being left out of the Manchester United squad for their Champions League group stage clash tonight.
Ferdinand didn’t travel with the squad to Romania for their match up with Otelul Galati, but Sir Alex Ferguson hinted in his press conference that he might be resting the England international in preparation for the Manchester derby this weekend.
And Ferdinand says that while some are saying Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will push him out of United's starting line-up in the long-term, the 32-year-old is concentrating on getting back to his best and showing he deserves his place.
"I have had people writing me off many times in my career," Ferdinand said. "I just go out and play. I am confident in my own ability.
"Whatever anyone writes doesn't bother me whether it is good or bad.
"I wasn't in the England squad so I just have to shrug my shoulders and get on with it. I am not one to sit around and moan and mope."
Ferdinand also insisted that United’s success is the most important factor on his mind at the moment, with the derby this weekend determining who will top the Barclays Premier League table after the side's 1-1 draw with Liverpool last Saturday.
"At the forefront of my mind is Manchester United and making sure we remain successful," he explained.
"I have had a couple of little niggles but I have been training hard the last couple of weeks and I feel very good."