Rio Ferdinand: Fear of failure drives us on at Manchester United

08 May 2011 12:05
ShareRio Ferdinand has revealed the fear factor that drives on millionaires like himself to continue winning trophies at Manchester United.

Ferdinand knows victory against Chelsea will put United on the verge of a record 19th Premier League title.

For the former England captain, it would mean a fifth league winners'medal, still a long way behind team-mates Ryan Giggs (12) and Paul Scholes (10).

Thirst for success: Rio Ferdinand (3rd left) celebrates Manchester United's 2008 Champions League win

The hunger of United's players to keep achieving success every season is regarded by Sir Alex Ferguson as the main attribute of his team.

And Ferdinand says he never loses the feeling of not wanting to return to his days of having to drive a 'beat-up Ford Fiesta'.

'I said when I joined United, the whole reason was to win trophies,' said Ferdinand. 'It's exactly the same now. I've been fortunate enough to be part of a team that has challenged every year and I'm pleased with that. But I will be more pleased if we win another one or two trophies this season.

At the top: Rio Ferdinand is driven by his fear of failure

'People ask me how we continue to be up there every year. I just think if you get good things in life, you want to continue, whether it's winning football trophies, going to nice places or getting a nice car.

'You don't want to go back to driving the beat-up Fiesta I had when I first started driving. You want to continue driving nice cars and you will do everything you can to be able to do that.

'It's the same thing with football. You want to continue winning trophies. You work hard to do that so the feeling and satisfaction you get when you do it is fantastic.

'It will be a great achievement to win the league again. To be champions for the fourth time in five years is the level of consistency the manager, players and fans want at this club.'

Although United have dropped only two points at home all season, the current side are still not regarded as one of the vintage United teams.

Away from home, they have only won five matches - no more than Newcastle or Blackpool - and have lacked the 'wow factor' of their 2008 team that featured Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez.

Giggs, a member of all United's 11 title sides since the Premier League was founded in 1992, thinks they will still go down in history if they can pull off the European Cup-title double, previously achieved by the club in 1999 and 2008.

'We got a lot of criticism earlier in the season because we weren't playing the type of football we have been playing in the past but it wasn't something we were overly worried about,' admitted Giggs, 37.

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'Ultimately how good this side are will be determined by what we win. It won't matter how brilliantly we played or how many 5-0 victories we had. It's about what you win at the end of the season.'

Rooney missed last season's title decider at Old Trafford, which Chelsea won 2-1, but he will be ready for action today having been rested in midweek against Schalke.

'Our form is much better than it was when we played Chelsea last season,' he said. 'Key players are all playing well. Missing out on the title by one point last season was a disappointment.

'If we'd drawn at home to Chelsea instead of losing, we would have been champions so it was tough to take.'

United beat Chelsea home and away in the Champions League quarter-finals but Giggs does not set much store by that.

'Obviously, we have the confidence of knowing we can beat them, but this is a different game. It probably won't have any bearing.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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