Ferdinand calls for focus

11 March 2009 10:13
Rio Ferdinand insists Manchester United cannot read too much into the media hype surrounding the club. The Red Devils continue to dominate the headlines this season as they close in on an unprecedented quintuple. With World Club Cup and Carling Cup glory already secured, Sir Alex Ferguson's side remain in the hunt for Premier League, UEFA Champions League and FA Cup crowns. The next hurdle for them to negotiate is a tricky home encounter with Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday. Ferdinand insists that game remains the sole focus for everyone connected with the Old Trafford outfit, with no thought given as yet to what could become a record-breaking trophy haul. "I don't think you can look that far ahead," the England international said in The Times. "It's difficult to look to the future and start predicting things. "If we can retain the European Cup, that would be great, but the job's not done yet, there's still a long way to go. People are acting like the trophies have already been handed out." United's midweek encounter with Inter in the last-16 of Europe's premier club competition is finely poised after the two sides played out a goalless draw during the first leg of their clash. That means the Red Devils must be wary of conceding an all-important away goal, while looking to force a breakthrough themselves, but Ferdinand believes United are experienced enough to get the job done. "We've been in this position before, we did it against Barcelona last year, so we're experienced enough to know the situation we're in," he added. "Over the last two years you would have to say that some of our performances in Europe have been very good. "It reflects the growing confidence and maturity of the team. "We have far more maturity and understanding now of the Champions League."

Source: SKY_Sports