Rio Ferdinand gives verdict on Man Utd’s Premier League title chances

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Rio Ferdinand doesn't want to 'become a meme' by making rash predictions about the title race – but admits he is getting excited about Manchester United's chances.

A much-changed Red Devils team laboured to an unconvincing 1-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup on Saturday, after exiting the Carabao Cup against Manchester City last week.

But performances have been much more encouraging in the Premier League, with United travelling to Burnley on Tuesday knowing a win will send them three points clear of current leaders Liverpool.

And that would set up Ole Gunner Solskjaer's side perfectly for a potentially pivotal clash against Jurgen Klopp's side at Anfield next weekend.

Ferdinand tried to restrain himself in the BT Sport studio while on punditry duties for United's win over Watford – having previously got carried away with his 'Ole's at the wheel' speech in 2019.

Rio Ferdinand wants to see United 'sitting pretty' by the time they face Liverpool
(Image: BT Sport)

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But he admitted he would be "excited 100%" to see United go to Anfield as Premier League leaders next Sunday.

"I don’t want to jump the gun like I’ve done before," said the Red Devils, who counts six Premier League titles and the Champions League among his trophy haul.

"I don’t want to become a meme again. But listen, as a football fan, you can’t help it – it’s part of it to get hyped up, become emotional about things.

"And Man United sitting pretty at the top of the league after the game against Burnley – we hope – I’ll be excited 100%.

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"But then it’s a massive game after that against Liverpool to really put a marker down and say actually we’re not just here fly-bys, we’re here to stay."

After Solskjaer masterminded a Champions League win over PSG in March 2019, Ferdinand got ahead of himself when he declared: "United are back."

He said on BT Sport at the time: "Get the contract out, put it on the table, let him sign it and let him put whatever numbers he wants to put on there given what he's done since he's come in.

"Ole's at the wheel man, he's doing his thing, United are back!"

United's form dropped off a cliff following that result, with Solskjaer's side failing to finish in the top four – although they improved by placing third in the Premier League last term.

Ferdinand will hope his words don't come back to haunt him again ahead of a huge week for his former club.

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