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Tuesday 24 October 2017

No defensive crisis says Rio

OLD Trafford skipper Rio Ferdinand has rejected talk of a Manchester United defensive crisis and has put recent weakness at the back down to bad luck and naivety.

Ferdinand is now hoping for a long run without injury worries after a year riddled with fitness issues and that in itself should do much to ease jitters at the back.

But Ferdinand does not believe that Manchester United's recent habit of conceding soft goals to weaker opposition represents a crisis.

"A lot has been made about us not keeping clean sheets but we have been a little unfortunate in certain circumstances, maybe even naive at points, but we haven't been opened up in a manner that would make it a crisis," added Ferdinand.

"When you drop points against anyone you put yourself under pressure. The seasons we have lost the league have been the ones where we have given teams a headstart.

"It seemed like we were doing that until last weekend but now the gap is three again, which I wouldn't say is a massive difference at this stage of the season. As long as we kick on from now and get on a good run of victories we will be all right.''

Meanwhile, Alex Ferguson cancelled his traditional Friday press conference and embarked on a media black-out.

Ferguson is annoyed with the way the media portrayed his comments about Fernando Torres and what he saw as an attempt to have John O'Shea sent off during the recent clash between Liverpool and Manchester United.

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