Play­ground jibes force Rio to si­lence neigh­bours

MAN UNITED (2) v AJAX (0) Thurs­day, 8pm – Live on Chan­nel 5

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RIO FER­DI­NAND wants to si­lence any Manch­ester City fans crawl­ing out of the wood­work.

Cham­pi­ons United are go­ing head to head for the Premier and Europa League ti­tles with their “noisy” neigh­bours and bit­ter ri­vals.

And Ferdi ad­mits even the school run has changed since City started chal­leng­ing the Old Traf­ford out­fit for hon­ours.

But he’s sure that United will have the last laugh.

He said: “When you’re walk­ing up the path to school, you don’t want lit­tle kids laugh­ing at you or mak­ing fun of you be­cause you’ve been beaten.

“That’s what hap­pens if you lose games or get knocked out of com­pe­ti­tions.

“Now that they are up there chal­leng­ing, we’re see­ing more City kits around town and more peo­ple are talk­ing about them.

“You didn’t see that years ago. Now we want to shut those peo­ple up too.”

Fer­di­nand, 34, in­sists United should not be em­bar­rassed about push­ing for their first-ever Europa League ti­tle.

Neu­trals laughed when the Reds were dumped out of the Cham­pi­ons League group stages for only the third time ever.

But Fer­di­nand added: “You can’t sit still or worry about what peo­ple are say­ing.

“At this club we just go out there and per­form to the best of our ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“As play­ers we de­mand the high­est stan­dards of our­selves and if we don’t meet them the dress­ing room isn’t a nice place to be.”


United have an­nounced they have slashed their debts from £508mil­lion to £439m af­ter re­veal­ing an in­crease in prof­its for the six months to De­cem­ber.

Me­dia cash is up from £53.7m to £60.9m on the same pe­riod for the pre­vi­ous year and match­day cash was up to £55.5m from £52.4m.

Man­ager Sir Alex Fer­gu­son has let keeper To­masz Kuszczak join Cham­pi­onship side Wat­ford on loan un­til the end of the sea­son. The Pole, 29, has slipped to fourth in the peck­ing or­der.

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