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Rio wants Shield

08 Aug 2009 13:43:24

Rio wants Shield

ALTHOUGH it is seen by many as a glorified pre-season friendly, Rio Ferdinand is determined to get his hands on a trophy again when United take on Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday. United are aiming to retain the Shield after beating Portsmouth on penalties last season and the defender is anxious to lift the trophy again. ?You never go to Wembley to be a runner-up, you go there to win the game," said Ferdinand. "That will be the same this weekend. ?It is a great opener to the season and we are fortunate to be in this position. Other managers will be watching to see where we are fitness wise, tactics wise. ?It is for everyone to look at. We will be trying to put on as good a show as we can.? Ferguson is looking forward to going head-to-head with new Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti - a coach he has the highest regard for. The Italian has stepped into the breach at Stamford Bridge following the departure of temporary manager Guus Hiddink. Ferguson expects Chelsea to remain a force in the league. He said: ?With Carlo going there he will take up the baton that Guus Hiddink had carried since January. They were galvanised at that time. ?Carlo has his own system of play, which he used at AC Milan for years, of the diamond in the middle of the pitch. ?It is a different system to Hiddink's but Chelsea still have a lot of experience and a number of talented players.? United are aiming for their fourth straight title after Chelsea won it two years in a row. Ferguson says they raised the bar by re-adjusting their focus and improving their day-to-day work. He added: ?A training session is not just to fill your morning in and keep you out of the house. It is to prove yourself as footballers. ?We are lucky in that some of the players past and present have that desire. It is only through training sessions players can improve.? What do you think? Send us your comments


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