Rio Ferdinand has played down Monday’s Barclays Premier League meeting with Chelsea by citing matches with local rivals Liverpool and Manchester City as the biggest of the season.
The Blues visit Old Trafford for an early season dust-up with the champions in what is undoubtedly a standout fixture for Jose Mourinho’s men. But Rio insists he is more excited about the simple prospect of playing at home again and says his teammates treat all matches in the same vein.
“It’s not really one of my favourites, I wouldn’t say,” Rio explained, when asked if clashes with Chelsea stand out for him. “You look forward to playing every time you step out at Old Trafford, it’s a special place, we all appreciate playing there in front of our own fans and we try to put on a show.
“I wouldn’t say we take any game more seriously or enjoy playing anyone more. You have got your close rivals in terms of Liverpool and Man City; those games are usually hyped up a little more than anyone else. So in terms of the feeling after winning, they are probably the biggest of the season.”
Meanwhile, Rio's defensive partner Jonny Evans hopes to beat Chelsea for David Moyes on his first proper outing as boss at Old Trafford. “It’s important to get off to a good start, especially when it’s your first home game and the manager’s first competitive game at Old Trafford. It is always important to get off to a good start and lay down a marker for the rest of the season.”