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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ferdinand focused on United

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand insisted he is only concerned with his own side’s form and has no interest in what is happening across the city.

United lead rivals Manchester City by three points heading into the home straight and are in the box seat to retain their Premier League crown.

Ferdinand believes United have the experience to hold off the challenge of their neighbours and lift the title for a record 20th time and Bet Victor makes them strong favourites.

"You've got to hold your nerve but as important as that, if not more so, is trusting each other," said Ferdinand.

"We don't care what happens with them (City), it's about us. If we remain calm and win all our games we'll be successful."

Both sides have just eight games left after United defeated Fulham 1-0 at Old Trafford on Monday to reclaim top spot.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were left frustrated for large parts of the game and were fortunate not to concede a last-gasp penalty.

Ferdinand said that is par for the course at Old Trafford and does not expect it to be a problem during the run-in, something people looking at Victor Chandler may agree with.

"Fulham had a game plan – they set their stall out to frustrate us and did that for long periods. But in the end, after a couple of crosses, we got the ball in the back of the net," added the 33-year-old.

"I just think that at Old Trafford, if teams are going to come here and frustrate us, we know we're still going to create chances."

United face a favourable run of fixtures over the next fortnight – trips to Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic either side of a home game against Queens Park Rangers – while City face tough trips to Arsenal and Norwich City. The title is United’s to lose.

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