27/04/2014 22:30, Report by A Marshall & M Froggatt
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"Giggsy has got a big responsibility now and it is more important to look forward, with all of the lads getting behind him to make sure that we finish the season as well as possible, give the fans something to smile about and also give him the rewards that his career deserves and in his first dip into management.

"I haven’t looked at the league table for ages because it is embarrassing," Ferdinand conceded. "I don’t want to see where we are. That is down to us as players and we take responsibility for that as much as anyone else. We are where we are. We have to take some form of responsibility and we do. We are not shirkers, we are not people who don’t take responsibility. I don’t think you get to where many of us have got to in our careers and won what we have won without taking responsibility. This is no different."

Ferdinand will feel he should have played more often this season but does he think it has been the most difficult spell of his successful career?

"I don’t know," he replied. "It has been the most disappointing. That is a better way of saying it. We haven’t won games and we are used to winning, that is what we play for and that is what we go to training every day for, to prepare to win. We haven’t done that.

"You have got to accept some decisions that have to be made. Some managers play you and some managers don’t, everyone has got their personal preferences. That is football. Just as a whole, looking at it from a team perspective, we are not where we want to be so that is disappointing."

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