Ferdinand: Our fans push us to succeed

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said that he believes manager Sir Alex Ferguson and their legion of fans are the main reasons why they seek to win games.

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Manchester City, United's local rivals, are just five points behind them in the race for the Premier League title and so Ferdinand and his team-mates needed to ensure that they bagged all the points in the game against Aston Villa on Sunday. 

In a comical moment, the defender refused to look in the direction of Villa's penalty box when Wayne Rooney stepped up to take the spot-kick for United's first goal in the game. But he did not have any cause for further worry for the rest of the game as the Red Devils won the match comfortably with three more goals and they managed to bounce back after their surprise defeat to Wigan earlier in the week.

But the former Leeds United defender doesn't think that his side are motivated by the need to stay ahead of City in the title race and believes that all the sources of inspiration exist within Old Trafford. 

"We put pressure on ourselves to win games. The pressure comes from within and from the fans," he told Sky Sport News. 

"They demand that [success] and so does the boss. We have to go out there and produce our own result first - outside pressure doesn't come into it.

"We don't really take that [the lead over City] into consideration, if I'm honest.

"Our goal is the same as before when the gap was at eight points - we want to win every game until the end of the season. That has not changed and it won't change until the last day of the season. We want to win every game."

The England international also stated that the mid-week result against Wigan was not characteristic of United's usual form. He called it a 'blip' and said that he is confident that United can win their remaining games till the end of the season.

"I think Wednesday was a blip," Ferdinand admitted. 

"Fair play to Wigan because they played well and we didn't really turn up. We had to put in a good performance at home [against Villa], the onus was us to win the game and we went out there and did it.

"It's always nice to get an early goal because it settles you down and you become more fluid. We played some really good stuff and some good one-touch attacking football. When we're in full flow like that, it's great to be behind watching it all unfold.

"We know we need to score goals and if we're on top, we have to punish teams. We probably haven't done it as much this season, but today we got a good amount."

The win means that United can win the title at the Etihad Stadium in the upcoming Manchester derby on April 30 but Ferdinand insists that he would be just as happy lifting the trophy in his own "back garden".

"I'll be honest, I couldn't care less where we win it as long as we get the trophy," he confessed. 

"Our fans would love it but as long as you can get your hands on the trophy, you'll take it in your back garden."



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