Ferdinand wants more respect for Premier League champions Man Utd

Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United should be shown more respect, the Daily Mail has reported, as the former England defender reminds the club’s critics that they are the reigning Premier League champions.

Ferdinand, speaking after United began life under David Moyes with a 4-1 win at Swansea City, claimed that if the pundits had been believed, United were heading for an early season slip-up in Wales, but insisted United expect the best of themselves regardless of who is in the dugout.

If you believe what’s been written in the media and what people have been saying, we would have come away with probably zero points here,” Ferdinand said. “People’s expectations of us probably weren’t as high as our own.

I think there would have been some noise (if we had lost),” Ferdinand added. “We expected that. I mean, that’s natural at Manchester United – but even more so in the position we’re in now, with a new manager and stuff.

Moyes oversaw a brace each from Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck, with Swansea new boy Wilfried Bony grabbing a consolation on his debut. Wayne Rooney also took part in the match as a second-half substitute.

I think a lot of people expected it and wanted it, maybe,” Ferdinand continued. “We’ve seen that from the vibe we’ve been getting all week. But it’s only one game. We’re not saying we’re going to win the league or anything like that.

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