FOOTBALL NEWS

22/12/2008 11:39, Report by Rio Ferdinand

Now you'll see the real Reds

Rio Ferdinand is buzzing after captaining United to Club World Cup success but mindful that Boxing Day at Stoke could swiftly bring the Reds back down to earth...

Being a world champion is a great feeling. Not many teams in the world have ever got their hands on a trophy like this and to be the first British side to do it is phenomenal.

Our victory over Liga de Quito was fully deserved. We started the game well and could have had three or four goals in the first half, but their keeper did okay and our finishing probably wasn’t as good as it could have been. But credit to the lads, they kept on going and it was great to see Wazza put the ball in the back of the net. It wasn’t even really a proper chance, it was half a chance if that, so it was fantastic to see it go in.

A lot has been said about this tournament not having the profile of other major competitions, but it’s always been a big trophy for us and now we’ve got our hands on it we want to win it again.

As players your aim is to go out and try and ingrain your name in the club’s history - winning this trophy is a way of trying to achieve that and definitely a step in the right direction. But we’re not going to stop here, we want to build on this achievement and win a lot more.

We arrive home in the UK on Monday evening and immediately our focus switches to the trip to Stoke on Boxing Day (Friday). We’ve been disappointed in ourselves in the last couple of months in terms of the way we’ve played and the results we’ve got in the league. We’ve had opportunities to get closer to the leading pack but we haven’t done. The Club World Cup final was very important in terms of confidence and hopefully you’ll now see the real Manchester United.

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