Ferdinand ‘embarrassed’ by United plight
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admitted Sunday that he is “embarrassed” by the English champions humble seventh place in the Premier League.
United sacked manager David Moyes last week after just 10 months in charge and with the team unable to qualify for the Champions League next season.
“I haven’t looked at the league table for ages because it is embarrassing,” Ferdinand told www.manutd.com
“I don’t want to see where we are. That is down to us as players and we take responsibility for that as much as anyone else. We are where we are. We have to take some form of responsibility and we do.”
United will be under the guidance of caretaker coach Ryan Giggs for the rest of the season. His reign started on a promising note with a 4-0 win over Norwich on Saturday.
The game also saw a recall to the starting line-up for Ferdinand who said he intends to keep playing next season even though he is already 35.
“I’m going to continue playing,” he said. “Whether it’s here, I don’t know. But I hope so.
“When you have been successful, you don’t ever want to look on a negative perspective or from a negative viewpoint. You always look at it and think: ‘What can we win and what do we want to win?’
“That will be no different next season, I am sure. Whoever is here, whoever is managing, the aim of this football club is to win trophies and we have done that consistently for the last 25 years. Long may that continue.”
Rodgers backs Gerrard after horror gaffe
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers attached no blame to Steven Gerrard for the error which proved so pivotal in the 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea.
Gerrard’s slip in first-half injury time allowed Demba Ba to race clear and put Jose Mourinho’s men in front, with Willian adding a second late on as the Reds’ run of 11 wins on the bounce came to a shuddering halt.
“Steven is a boy who has picked up this club so many times and it was just really unfortunate because he slipped at a crucial moment and it was right on half-time,” Rodgers said.
“He was doing everything he possibly could and we hoped there would be one or two who would step up to the plate instead of him, but we couldn’t quite do that. There’s certainly no blame because we are in the position we are in now because of him; he’s been instrumental for us this season.
“It’s just unfortunate that he’s slipped over. It could have happened to anyone. This is a guy that is so strong mentally.
“He probably got frustrated but I thought he showed his courage because after that he still kept getting on the football, he still tried to pass; at times, he broke through and broke the line to get in. But he and our other attacking threats just couldn’t quite make the breakthrough. Give credit to Chelsea for that; they sat in really deep.”