With United's young pretenders threatening to knock Ferdinand and other established regulars down the pecking order, even training matches at the club's Carrington complex are fiercely contested.
Ferdinand said: "If you get beaten in training there is normally an argument or finger pointing.
"That desire never wavers. When you pull on that shirt you cannot go out there with a feeling any less than wanting to win.
"I have said from the day I arrived to the day I leave that you will be judged on what you won.
"You can be a great player and win nothing, then you don't get remembered.
"You have to be part of a team that wins — that is the driving force behind this squad."