Ferdinand has been around long enough to know nothing can be taken for granted, which is one of the values of experience he hopes has rubbed off on the younger members of United's squad.
"It is the little things you pick up on," he said.
"In my first season, towards the end, we drew a game and I was a little bit depressed because it was two points lost in a game we were expected to win.
"Gary Neville was sat nearby and his attitude was that could be the point that wins the league, which turned out to be the case.
"It gets you out of being in a slump and a depressed mood. You look at things from a different angle.
"Younger players watch the older ones. If we start panicking, so will they.
"We just have to remain calm and continue playing the way we do all the time."