Ferdinand: United have long-term plan
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is confident the club’s long-term vision will see the Red Devils fighting for the Premier League title at the end of the season.
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United dropped further behind league leaders Arsenal as they suffered a late 2-2 draw against Cardiff on Sunday, already the sixth time the club has failed to secure maximum points.
But Ferdinand is refusing to see the Cardiff result as a negative, believing the Welsh club could surprise more of the Premier League’s top teams.
“Nothing is given out now so it doesn't matter what the table looks like now,” Ferdinand said.
“As long as you are within touching distance we will continue picking up points, build up momentum, and hopefully push our way up the table.
“We aimed to win against Cardiff, that's what we set out to do at the start of the day. It's disappointing we didn't but at the same time there will be big clubs that come here and drop points so looking back maybe at the end of the season we might see this as a point gained rather than two points dropped.”
The Old Trafford now turns its attention to the Champions League where a positive result against Bayer Leverkusen could secure qualification to the competition’s knock-out stages.
And the 35-year-old Ferdinand hopes that will be the case on Wednesday, believing qualification will allow the club to focus all its energies on climbing the Premier League table.
“We want to get it done early so that we can get back into the Premier League and have nothing else distracting us. It would be nice if we could get it finished over there,” he said.
“(Leverkusen) are a good team, a well-equipped team. I think it will be a tougher game at their place. It is not going to be easy but we are more than capable.”
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.