For all the disappointment of Monday's FA Cup exit at Chelsea, a run of six successive Premier League clean sheets has given United a solidity missing from so many of their early season performances.
It is one Ferdinand is happy to embrace, even if it comes at the cost of some element of excitement.
"At the beginning of the season we were playing open, expansive football, which I am sure was good for the fans to watch," he said.
"But, being a defender, my first instinct is to defend and keep clean sheets and we weren't able to do that.
"We addressed it. That is the most pleasing point. And now we are benefiting from it.
"If you are going to win titles you have to be able to win in a lot of different ways.
"You have to be able to win ugly and by playing great fluid football. "More often than not, it is the teams who can do that who will win the league."