Ferdinand: Best is yet to come
The underlying message from Rio Ferdinand sounds ominous for Manchester United’s opponents: we might be in pole position but we can still improve.
Although the Reds have now beaten Arsenal and Chelsea in successive league games, the defender admitted his team have yet to find top gear over a sustained period; the complete performance and with it a comprehensive victory, remain on United’s wishlist.
“Yes it’s been good but we’re aiming for better,” said Ferdinand, when asked to reflect on that significant pair of victories.
“I don’t think we have hit a real purple patch yet, which we are really searching for. We played quite well today as a team and we defended well. But getting it all in one package and doing it all in a ninety minutes at the right times, we’re still aiming for that and it will come soon, don’t worry.”
Whether it will come in the next few weeks remains to be seen, with United heading into four away games on the bounce.
But should everything fall into place on the road, or back at Old Trafford towards the end of the month, it seems inevitable Robin van Persie will be involved.
“He’s been doing well for us, he’s a natural born goalscorer and long may it continue that he keeps scoring the goals,” praised Ferdinand, after witnessing van Persie’s tenth strike of the season on Saturday.
The defender commended his colleague for the way he played against his former club Arsenal for the first time.
“Those games against your old team go one of two ways normally,” said Rio. “Either you get a goal, you play well and you win, or you have an absolute beast, get sent off and lose the game. So it was good to see Robin get on the scoresheet and he celebrated in the right way I think. He showed a bit more class than probably their fans did towards him.”