“It's what makes the Premier League such a great league to play in. You get a different set of tasks in front of you each week and you have to deal with them.”
The Reds must now deal with a wounded animal in West Brom – the Baggies lost both their Christmas matches, 0-2 at Bolton where they were arguably the better side and 1-3 at home to Blackburn. Victory for United at The Hawthorns seems almost vital as the title race continues to twist and turn with Manchester City and Arsenal now serious contenders, while Spurs have climbed above Chelsea into fourth spot.
“It's open for four or five teams to go and take it,” acknowledged Ferdinand. “We want to be the team that does just that.”