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Rio putting sentiment aside

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will put sentiment to one side in Wednesday's FA Cup third round replay with West Ham at Old Trafford.

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Rio Ferdinand: Place in FA Cup fourth round all that matters to Manchester Unite

Rio Ferdinand: Place in FA Cup fourth round all that matters to Manchester Unite

Ferdinand will be up against his old friend Joe Cole again, with the duo former team-mates from a golden era at Upton Park which also saw the club nurture Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick and Jermain Defoe.

Cole set up both the Hammers goals in the 2-2 draw in East London in the original tie, and they will now play again for a place in the fourth round.

"The era we had there will be part of West Ham's history forever now, with so many players who went on to play for England and win league titles with other clubs," said Ferdinand.

"It is unfortunate for West Ham those players did not stay there and their presence get built upon.

"That is all history now I suppose. But Joe Cole has gone there to rewrite a bit of his own history in the coming months.

"It would be good to see him do something positive, but not this week. We want to get through this round."

Though it is 12 years since Ferdinand left Upton Park, first for Leeds, then Manchester United, he still has strong feelings for the club.

"West Ham is special," said Ferdinand.

"I look at West Ham as being similar to Manchester United in terms of their history and the way they keep all their people for so many years.

"It is a club that is close to my heart because I came through the ranks there.

"After Manchester United, they are the first result I look out for and I am sure it will always be that way."

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