Ferdinand: Time to raise game

Rio Ferdinand has called on Manchester United to raise their game and ignite their Premier League title defence.

Last Updated: 07/11/13 at 11:53 Post Comment

Rio Ferdinand: Admits Manchester United have yet to hit top gear

Rio Ferdinand: Admits Manchester United have yet to hit top gear

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Red Devils made a disjointed start to life under new boss David Moyes, with the absence of Sir Alex Ferguson in the dugout leaving some to question their credentials as challengers for the top flight crown.

Slowly but surely, results have been pieced together at home and abroad, with United unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions.

Their next outing could be pivotal, though, as they welcome table-topping Arsenal to Old Trafford on Sunday.

The importance of that contest is not lost on Ferdinand, with the vastly-experienced centre-half looking for Moyes' men to show their true colours and close the gap on the early front-runners.

He said: "I don't think we've shown ourselves this season on a consistent basis, not just in the big games.

"It is time to start putting our foot on the pedal and motor on. We have to do that if we want to remain in contention to win the league.

"Arsenal are in a good vein of form. They are the team to catch. We have to make sure we are right and ready for the challenge.

"We have to win every game. It doesn't matter what game it is or whoever we play against. Whether it's a top of the league team or not, we have to get points. Nothing changes - we expect to win every game we play at home."

Ferdinand added: "The onus is on us. We've had a few bad results at Old Trafford this season already and we can't continue like that.

"People say we have to win this weekend against Arsenal, but it doesn't matter whether it is Cardiff or Swansea or whoever it is, we have to win."

Watch Manchester United v Arsenal on Super Sunday on Sky Sports 1HD, kicking off at 4.10pm

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

European Qualifiers round-up: Holland and Italy held to draws

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's late header rescued a point for Holland against Turkey in European Qualifying, while Eder spared Italy's blushes in Bulgaria.

Israel 0-3 Wales: Gareth Bale's double sends Wales top of Group B

Gareth Bale scored two and set up another as Wales moved to the top of Group B with a 3-0 win over 10-man Israel in Haifa.

Raheem Sterling expects to be fit for Liverpool trip to Arsenal

Raheem Sterling expects to be fit for Liverpool's trip to Arsenal, despite pulling out of England's Turin date.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company