RIO FERDINAND is refusing to admit Manchester United are Premier League title contenders – because he doesn’t want to become a meme again.
After a topsy-turvy start to the season, the Red Devils are now level on points with league leaders and defending champions Liverpool – who they have a game in hand on.
Manchester United are level on points with defending champions LiverpoolCredit: EPA
Rio Ferdinand is refusing to talk up Manchester United’s chances of winning the Premier League titleCredit: PA
But Ferdinand is exercising caution when it comes to talking up his old side’s chances of winning the league following his infamous ‘Ole’s at the wheel’ speech after United’s memorable 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain.
The retired centre-back said: “The highs are high, and the lows are lower than a snake’s belly. I don’t want to jump the gun like I’ve done before.
“I don’t want to become a meme again, but as a football fan, it’s part of it to become emotional, to get hyped up and get excited about things.
“United sitting pretty at the top, after the game against Burnley we hope, I’ll be excited 100 per cent.
“But then it’s a massive game after that against Liverpool to say we’re not just flybys, we’re here to stay.”
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Ferdinand’s reluctance to play up United’s chances of winning their first league title in eight years is understandable given the fact he stills get slated for hailing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the club’s messiah before he was permanently appointed as Jose Mourinho’s successor.
After United’s booked their place in the 2018/19 Champions League quarter-finals, Ferdinand tweeted: “Yessss Ole is officially at The Wheel…Signed, Sealed, Delivered! Manager of @ManUtd! ??
“I hope my Thank You is in post Ole.”
Despite erring on the side of caution, Ferdinand isn’t totally playing down the good position United are in.
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He said: “[It’s a] huge week, they win against Burnley and go top and put pressure on Liverpool.
“As quick as you can get there, you can fall away, Spurs and Chelsea were up there and fell down and people are saying it’s the end of managers in charge there… Ole’s experienced enough not to get too carried away. That’s living life at big clubs.”
Manchester United will be back in action on Tuesday night, welcoming Burnley to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils will then travel to Anfield on Saturday to take on Liverpool in what could prove to be their biggest game of the season.