Rio can’t see United defeat at hands of Arsenal



Injured England captain Rio Ferdinand revealed he can’t see Arsenal beating his Manchester United teammates this afternoon, as that would be a third successive defeat for United.

The Old Trafford side lost 2-1 away at Chelsea 10 days ago, and followed that up with a 3-1 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield last Sunday.

United face Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter final today in a tie which see’s fist face second from a league perspective.

Rio pointed out, “When have you ever heard that United lost three games in a week? It doesn’t happen.”

“It’s not happened since I have been at the club, and I’m sure a long time before I was there it hadn’t happened, so you don’t want to be part of a team that does that.”

Rio also doesn’t think that the outcome from the FA Cup tie will have any bearing on the title race.

“This game won’t have any bearing on where the title goes this season,” he continued. “We have got too much experience in our squad.

“They have now got a fair amount of experience in their squad, if one of us loses this game I don’t think it will determine where the title will go.

“We’re both in the same boat. There are not doubts, but confidence is a big thing in football. You have got the best players in the world sometimes, and if they are not playing well and their confidence is low they are not going to look anything like the best players.

“That goes with everybody. We are at home. The onus is on us to attack. Being at home is an advantage – we have to use it. All the fans will be up for it. The players will be up for it.

“Listen, at this stage of the season, it doesn’t matter who you are playing against, it is a cup final. It all matters. You have got to win games, it is as simple as that.

“There are no two ways about it. You have to make sure you are ready, you have got the appetite to go out there and win games.

“We have got ourselves to this stage of the season and we have to finish it off now. We are top of the league, and at this stage of the season it is about gathering momentum.

“If we win on Saturday, hopefully that will be the start of a good run in towards the end of the season and put ourselves in a great position.”

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