Ferdinand hails "never-say-die" United

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand believed the team's 4-3 win over Newcastle was the perfect start to a busy festive period.

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Cancelling out Newcastle's lead on three occasions during the game, Manchester United broke the hearts of Magpies fans when Javier Hernandez scored a last-minute winner to ensure Alan Pardew's men finished the fixture empty-handed.

Although Ferdinand admitted his frustration at having to play catch-up, he hailed the spirit displayed by the team in obtaining what he considered to be a vital win.

"We seem to make sure the punters get their money’s worth when they come to the ground at the moment, but it was a great show of character from the lads at the start of a really busy schedule, it was really important to get the win, no matter how we did it," Ferdinand said to MUTV.

"The manager has got that never-say-die sprit and it filters down through the club - we take it out on the pitch and reflect that. All the way through the game, we were creating chances and looked like we were on the cusp of scoring goals."

Their narrow victory over Newcastle, coupled with rivals Manchester City's loss to Sunderland, has seen the Red Devils extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points. Nevertheless, the central defender refused to declare the title race over.

"A seven point lead means nothing because we’ve been in positions over the years of being eight, nine, ten or even 11 points clear and not gone on to win the title. We’ve also been behind and won it," Ferdinand pointed out.

"It’s a great result for us, other results also went for us, but we’ve got more big games coming up."

Manchester United's weekend Premier League fixture sees them welcome West Brom to Old Trafford on Saturday.

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