FOOTBALL NEWS

29/01/2009 10:47, Report by Ben Hibbs

Ferdinand feeling good

Rio Ferdinand made his return from a niggling back problem against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, and he aims to stay injury free for the rest of the season.

Ferdinand missed nine matches with the back problem, which has actually troubled him sporadically throughout the season.

"I could have played a little bit longer at West Brom but the manager brought me off. I'm fine. There are no problems," he told the Manchester Evening News.

"I've just got to keep on top of it, keep working hard and keep doing my training, and continue to be injury free hopefully."

Fortunately for United, the likes of Jonny Evans and Gary Neville have been admirable stand-ins. And Rio wants to continue where his team-mates left off.

"It is just about continuing what we have been doing," he says. "I think we have been very tight of late. We have got players who are very businesslike at the moment.

"The players want to get the job done, score goals, want to defend - and defend for our lives - and keep clean sheets.

"With that form, you are onto a good thing, but medals haven't been handed out yet so we are not going to get ahead of ourselves. We set ourselves a target, we have got to where we wanted to be at this stage, and we need to continue that now."

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