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Rio's not getting carried away

Rio Ferdinand insists Manchester United are not getting ahead of themselves, even though they head into the Easter programme with a five-point lead in the Premier League title race.

The celebrations that accompanied their last win, at Blackburn on Monday, seemed to be that of a team who felt they had almost claimed the ultimate prize.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has followed up today by claiming if United beat QPR at Old Trafford on Sunday to open up an eight-point advantage, and then his side do not cut it immediately when they take on Arsenal a couple of hours later, the battle is over.

Ferdinand does not see it like that.


The 33-year-old insists the fist-pumping at Ewood Park was nothing more significant than satisfaction at winning on a ground where United had recorded just two victories from their past 12 attempts.

"The significance of that reaction was blown out of all proportion," he said. "I have been at the club for 10 years and Blackburn has always been a hard place to go. We have had a lot of bad results there. It was nice to get one back over them."

In fact, there is nothing over the top about United at present. When Alex Ferguson was asked about the significance of his side's present position, he completely avoided the question.

Ferdinand prefers another way, reverting to football's oldest cliche.

"The only thing on our minds is to win each game," he said. "It is a cliche and it is boring. You just have to keep ticking off the boxes."