Rio admits frustrations

Image: Ferdinand: Frustration

Rio Ferdinand admits this season has been the most frustrating of his career.

Ferdinand wants to put season of injuries behind him

Rio Ferdinand admits this season has been the most frustrating of his career. The Manchester United and England star has been limited to just 11 league starts because of a series of niggling injuries. Ferdinand is now hoping that he can help United to an unlikely fourth successive Premier League title, before linking up with England for this summer's World Cup finals. "Fingers crossed I'll have an injury-free period now and I can go into the World Cup fairly fresh and be one of the guys with the fresh legs," he told the Guardian. "Last season [and this one] has been the worst injury-prone [time] of my career, really. It took a bit of getting used to." Ferdinand hopes to feature for United against Stoke this weekend, with the hope that Wigan will get something at Chelsea. "We'll have to wait and see, hopefully we'll do our job and then all we can do is to hope and pray Wigan do us a favour," he said. "But at the end of the day the best team will win the championship. And if that's us well and great." Midweek saw Tottenham pip Manchester City to fourth spot, and Ferdinand admits that United were happy to see their local rivals fail to make the Champions League. "I think if they'd have finished fourth this year they'd have been an even bigger threat next season," he said. "They can attract the players from Europe, [and] people would have been enticed to go not only for the money but because they were going to be in the Champions League. "So them not finishing there, I don't think we fear them but we're aware of them." "I've been at United for eight years - and probably up until last season when the money was injected into City, Liverpool was a bigger game in terms of rivalry. "I think now they have the money we're more aware of them."

Capello tribute

Back to England, Ferdinand was again quick to pay tribute to boss Fabio Capello. "The minute he walked into the hotel and changing rooms you got a gist of what he wanted," he said. "Its easy to see why he's successful everywhere he's been. He's been to [Real] Madrid twice and won the league there. "At Roma, when they weren't doing well, he won the league there. Milan had one of the best teams ever maybe, so he's got a winning mentality. "The thing I always say is that he doesn't have any grey areas. It's all straight black and whites: 'This is what I want. If you can't do it see you later, someone else can do it.' I think that's probably the problem we've had the last few times we've been to tournaments. "There's [not] really been a straightforward plan: 'This is what you're doing, this is what happens if you can't do it, I will find people and you'll be out.' The players respond to that, I think that's what we see at our clubs. "It's like our gaffer [Ferguson] at United. He doesn't suffer fools, he won't have it and you see the success we've had. I think Arsene Wenger's pretty similar as well."

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