Rio Ferdinand and brother Anton will be aiming to help their teams earn points for different reasons when Manchester United meet Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

The hosts will want to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League table, while relegation struggler's QPR continue their fight for survival.

Rio, 33, admits his desire to help United in their bid for continued success is so strong that it comes between family on occasion, and this weekend will be no different, as he looks to get one over his younger brother.

"It's special if we win [when we play against each other]," the Red Devils ace told "I can enjoy it more, but if we lose I go into hiding and don't come out.

"I don't speak to family or anyone for a few days. I have blanked family and friends at Upton Park before because we have not got the right result.

"I have just got on the bus and made my way back to Manchester. They have been texting to ask where I am. I don't reply for a couple of days. I get in a sulk sometimes because I want to win."

Sunday will not be the first time the two Ferdinand brothers have faced each other in the league, with Rio having faced Anton a number of times during his sibling's spells with West Ham and Sunderland.

The situation puts extended family members in the difficult position of who to support on the day, something that is often determined by the players' and their teams' respective positions.

"Sometimes West Ham have needed the result to stay up, or at Sunderland so they [the rest of the family] just go with who needs the results," Ferdinand added. "This time I don't think they can side with anyone because we both need to win."

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