Rio Ferdinand is confident Sir Alex Ferguson´s experience of handling big squads will give Manchester United an advantage in the Barclays Premier League title race.
On the evidence of Sunday´s Community Shield encounter, Chelsea will provide their usual stern challenge, while Arsenal have been impressive in pre-season despite the loss of Thierry Henry, and many pundits are also tipping Liverpool for their most robust assault on the title since they last won it in 1990.
Ferdinand said: "Any year is going to be hard to win the league. The one thing I do know is that our manager is very experienced in that capacity, so hopefully that will give us the step in front we want."
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