Ferdinand: I’m not finished yet

The 32-year-old is well aware the rapid rise of Phil Jones has led

to questions being asked about his own contributions for Manchester

United and England. Ferdinand was left out of Fabio Capello’s squad

for last week’s Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro, the England

coach subsequently confirming the defender had simply not played

enough games to warrant inclusion. That was a legacy of the

hamstring injury Ferdinand suffered at West Brom on the opening day

of the season, the latest in a long line of muscular problems that

have plagued him since he was struck down by a back injury at the

end of 2008. With Jones excelling on his debut in Podgorica and

Bolton’s Gary Cahill forging an effective central defensive

partnership with John Terry, there are plenty who feel Ferdinand

will not even get to Poland and Ukraine next summer. But the former

West Ham star has heard it all before. And after an outstanding

display in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool, Ferdinand confirmed he

has no desire to pay any attention. “I have had people writing me

off many times in my career,” he said. “I just go out and play. I

am confident in my own ability. “Whatever anyone writes doesn’t

bother me whether it is good or bad. “I wasn’t in the England squad

so I just have to shrug my shoulders and get on with it. “I am not

one to sit around and moan and mope.” Ferdinand continued: “People

are talking about it as though I must be getting bored after 10

years. “But the motivation of playing for Manchester United never

goes. “The feeling you remember is winning. If you could bottle

that feeling when you sit down on the pitch or in the dressing

room, after you have just been given a trophy, you would be a

billionaire. You want it all the time. “If you get bored of that,

you shouldn’t be playing football.” It is a sentiment so many

within the Red Devils’ camp share. Indeed, it is one of the major

factors in Sir Alex Ferguson’s assessment of potential new recruits

and something in evidence at United’s plush Carrington training HQ

every day. “If you get beaten in training, there is normally an

argument or finger pointing,” said Ferdinand. “That desire never

wavers. When you pull on that shirt, you cannot go out there with a

feeling any less than wanting to win. “I have said from the day I

arrived to the day I leave you will be judged on what you won. You

can be a great player and win nothing, then you don’t get

remembered. “You have to be part of a team that wins. That is the

driving force behind this squad.” If recent history is any guide,

Ferdinand will be excused Monday’s flight to Romania for the

Champions League tussle with Otelul Galati in readiness for next

weekend’s blockbuster Manchester derby at Old Trafford. It is the

type of challenge he relishes, which is why he has enough on his

plate at United without worrying about what happens with England.

“At the forefront of my mind is Manchester United and making sure

we remain successful,” he said. “I have had a couple of little

niggles but I have been training hard the last couple of weeks and

I feel very good. “The injuries have not been serious, so it is not

something I have been thinking about. “It is not like when I did my

knee at the World Cup. I have never had an injury like that before.

“I am fine. I am raring to go.”