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Man Utd defender Ferdinand rubbishes doubts over Liverpool striker Torres

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is wary of facing Liverpool ace Fernando Torres tomorrow.

And Rio believes criticism of the Spanish striker has been over the top.

Ferdinand said: "People jump on the bandwagon. He is a great player and has proved that to everybody.

"Two months ago, everyone was saying what a world-class player he is and one of the best strikers in the world, so to become a bad player overnight just doesn't happen.

"I heard the pundits the other night hammering him.

"He has been injured for a long period of time and is just on his way back. You cannot expect him to be the same straight away.

"I'm under no illusions that if I play, I will be coming up against a top-class player.

"You would expect him to produce a world-class performance."

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