With or without Ferguson and despite a stuttering start to the season, Ferdinand remains confident that the club's cream will once again rise to the top in all competitions.
"We still have a burning ambition to win things - that never goes out and never goes down," he told the London Evening Standard. "When you win, you kind of become a machine of wanting to win more. It's that DNA in ourselves and the club, that's just part and parcel of being a Manchester United footballer.
"You want it to be like last year but it's not always like that. It's good to fight for things, good to earn the right to win. We understand that every year, that's the way it is."
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