Rio Ferdinand this week has claimed that Manchester United thrive off doubters, claiming: "we love it". 

The central defender suggested that many football fans in England do not want to see the Red Devils win the title anymore, but it is these people that drive everyone at Manchester United to perform to their highest ability. 

Ferdinand has also claimed the bookmakers never seem to back United either, even after they have won the title the previous season. 

In an interview with BBC Radio Manchester, Ferdinand said:  "Every year that we've won the league, the following season we've never been favourites to win the league.

"That's in most people's books or in the bookies' books, and that's always riled me.

"If you win the league, you should be the favourites next year because you've been the best team in the league - it's simple."

Sir Alex Ferguson's team have been dominant all season, and are well on course to obtain their 20th league title. Ferdinand's team currently have a total of 77 points from 31 games. They could also still beat the highest points total set by a team in a single season with their remaining seven games left to play. 

The highest number of points obtained in a single season stands at 95 - set by Jose Mourinho's Chelsea in the 2004/05 season. 


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