Ferdinand issues rallying call

Rio Ferdinand insists Manchester United must hit the ground running after being handed some tough opening Premier League fixtures.

Last Updated: 20/06/13 at 15:38 Post Comment

United begin the David Moyes era with a trip to Swansea on the opening day of the new season, but face some of their title rivals very early on.

The clash at the Liberty Stadium is followed by meetings with Chelsea, Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Manchester City in a baptism of fire for Moyes after his appointment as Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement.

"It is a lively start with Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Swansea away in the first five games," Ferdinand told Sky Sports.

"Normally you get a few games to ease yourselves in, but this time we must hit the ground running."

And Ferdinand knows how important a good start will be, especially for the new boss, and challenged his team-mates to be at their best right from the word go.

"We've got a new manager, we are going to be focused, on impressing him and making sure we are ready for the start of the season," he added.

"It is going to be important, we need to get off to a good start and I'm confident we will do."

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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