Friday 15 December 2017

Ferdinand hits out at City whingers and claims 'no one sulks at United'

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Rio Ferdinand has made a veiled attack on the team spirit of Manchester City ahead of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final between the two Manchester clubs.

Speaking in the aftermath of James Milner's evident displeasure at being withdrawn by Roberto Mancini at Anfield on Monday night, Ferdinand pointedly said that United players do not complain about being substituted or sitting on the bench.

"You don't see people coming off shaking their heads or being disgruntled or sitting on the bench in a sulk at this club," Ferdinand declared in the aftermath of United's defeat of Chelsea, "because everyone is delighted to be at this club.

"The moment you show a little bit of dissent like that the manager isn't happy and he pulls rank and rightly so," Ferdinand said.

"He keeps people on their toes. You don't want to be part of any other squad."

When asked why there was such unity, Ferdinand replied that it was "just a respect for the club, the manager, and the people who were here before you".


Ferdinand was clear on the importance of avoiding dissent to the coherence of the club.

"It's an unwritten rule," he said. "There are no cliques. People are wishing each other well before games, even if someone else is playing in your position, that's just the way we are.

"There's a resilience in this side. We're not getting beaten that often, we've got a never-say-die attitude and all the championship-winning sides that I've played in have had that mark about them. This side has got that too."

Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney admitted that his swearing on TV was "wrong", and said he "accepts" his two-match ban from the English FA.

Rooney is suspended for Saturday's match, but reflected that he has to "move on" from the controversy, which dated back to United's win at West Ham nearly two weeks ago.

The England forward apologised soon after the incident, in which he swore into a camera after his third goal in a game where United recovered from 2-0 down to win 4-2.

He was nevertheless banned for two games for "offensive, insulting and/or abusive language", and his appeal was rejected.

Yesterday he apologised again. "Of course it was wrong of me to do," he admitted.

Rooney went on to praise the continued contribution of Ryan Giggs. "What he has done at Man United, what he does for the younger players at the club is absolutely fantastic," Rooney said. (© Independent News Service)

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