Rio Ferdinand will not be giving any of his young challengers an easy time as they battle for a place in Manchester United's backline. Earlier this week, Ferdinand spoke enthusiastically about the abilities of Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and £17million new boy Phil Jones.

The 32-year-old remembers exactly how he felt at the same stage of his career.

"I remember what I was like when I was young," he said.

"I remember looking up at Slaven Bilic, Marc Rieper, Alvin Martin and Steve Potts at West Ham.

"I was only a kid but I used to sit on the bench and think I should be playing. I am sure these guys think the same thing.

"If they have got anything about them they should.

"They are all talented footballers and, I believe, Manchester United players. At some point I am sure they will take over the reins.

"But I am competitive and I don't want to be giving up my position to anybody. My task is to prove I am hungrier than them."

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