Ahead of the Manchester derby this weekend, United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed on Twitter the preparation his team are putting in to take home the three points. A win on Sunday would move United three points ahead of City, with both teams having lost one and drawn one of their opening four games.

Ferdinand said:

"On the way to training. It's derby weekend - no messing about!

"We're going to the Etihad, and we've got our fingers crossed we can get a result like we got last season. Even better maybe.

"We'll be working hard the next couple of days to make sure were in ready and in tip-top condition to go to their place and get three points."

The Manchester United defender will be confident after beating City 3-2 at the Etihad last season. Wayne Rooney scored a brace, with Robin van Persie scoring an injury time winner. United are in good form following their 4-2 win over German side Bayer Leverkusen in mid-week.

Since retiring from international duty, Ferdinand has not suffered a recurrence of his chronic back problem that has kept him out of the United lineup in recent seasons. Since starting a special treatment programme, he has regained his full fitness and a return to first-team action.

Ferdinand has been a Premier League ever-present this season alongside Nemanja Vidic, and the pair have conceded just two league goals so far. City are the league's joint top scorers with eight goals in four games.

You can hear Ferdinand's thoughts on the derby below:

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