Rio Ferdinand is puzzled that Manchester United does not appear to be automatic choice to retain their Premier League title. Rather than reflect on a fourth championship in five years much of the summer debate around United has centred on that Champions League final failure against Barcelona.

Ferdinand is adamant the negativity is due to a desire to see United's era of dominance come to an end.

"It is ridiculous. It makes me laugh," the 32 year old England defender said.

"We have won the league four times out of five. Half of it is that people want someone else to win it.

"Before I came here, Manchester United used to win the league and I would think it would be nice from a fans' point of view to see someone else putting up a challenge.

"Your heart rules your head sometimes. Not that it bothers me."

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