Ferdinand still hungry for success

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand insists the desire to win trophies would remain strong, even if they claimed a famous double in May.

The England international has been an integral part of the Red Devils' Barclays Premier League and Champions League push after returning from injury last month, and is desperate to add to his current collection of silverware.

"If I finish in two years' time with what I have now, I wouldn't be satisfied. No chance. I would be having nightmares," said Ferdinand, who has won four league, two League Cup and one Champions League title since signing for Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

"There is so much to be won. If we didn't win the league this year I would be devastated. I want to win the league this year, next year and every year I am playing. This is our fourth Champions League semi-final in five years. And we have only won it once. There is a lot of disappointment in those four years."

United are in a strong position in this season's competition, having cruised past Schalke in Germany during their semi-final first leg on Tuesday. Ferdinand helped his side to a sixth consecutive away clean sheet in the Champions League, and will play his part in helping to maintain the 2-0 lead at Old Trafford on Wednesday.


Many had written off Manchester United midway through the current campaign, suggesting they were a shell of their former selves. However, things have turned around quickly and Ferdinand has noted how many have been proved wrong.

"It is wishful thinking on a lot of people's behalf. People want us to lose because we have won the league three out of the last four years and they probably want to see a little bit of variation," said the 32-year-old.

"But they can have those opinions and keep talking like that. We just try to win games. If we win games and end up winning titles we won't be thinking about what people have said about us."

The will-to-win at Old Trafford has never been more prevalent than in this season, with late goals a staple of United's continuous quest for glory. Ferguson continues to maintain a hunger for success in his players, and Ferdinand ended by paying tribute to the legendary Scottish manager.

"What sets us apart from other teams is that the hunger never dies. "It stems from the manager and filters down through the squad. We have players in this squad who want to win things," said the centre back.

"There are still players in this squad who have not won the league. There are others who have won it a few times who want more. That is the basis on which we do our work every single day."

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