Fit-again Ferdinand raring to go

The 33-year-old England defender came in for criticism for his

performances earlier in the season, but he returned to top form

prior to Christmas and is now raring to go again after a niggling

foot injury. Ferdinand – who has featured 17 times in all

competitions for United this campaign – was forced to sit out the

recent 5-0 wins over Fulham and Wigan, but should be ready to make

his return against Rovers at Old Trafford. “I haven’t felt this

good for 18 months to two years,” said the United centre-half in

The Sun. “Playing regular games breeds confidence in your own body

and your performances and, as I said, I feel great. “A lot has been

said about individuals in our squad, which is something you come to

expect at Manchester United, and I think the criticism has been

harsh in some cases. “I’ve always said that when I’m playing

consistently you will see the best of me.” Ferdinand, who signed

for United from Leeds in 2002, added: “The problems I’ve had the

last couple of seasons with injuries have meant I’ve been getting

through games and maybe not able to train, then missing a few games

and coming back in. “That makes it difficult to get a level of

consistency, but this season I’ve played consistently and you can

see the rewards of that.”