Rio Ferdinand: 'Manchester United can handle pressure'

Ferdinand: 'We can handle pressure'
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Rio Ferdinand insists that Manchester United can cope with the pressure as they reach the final stretch of the season.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has insisted that he and his teammates will not crumble under pressure in the final stretch of the season.

The Red Devils are still in contention to swoop the FA Cup and the Premier League title following last week's Champions League exit and Sunday's 2-2 draw with Chelsea, which forced through an FA Cup quarter-final replay at Stamford Bridge.

"During a season in England, you know you are going to come under pressure at certain times," the Daily Star quotes Ferdinand as saying.

"It is a gruelling season. We have to be able to deal with that. We have the squad to do it. I am sure the manager (Sir Alex Ferguson) will shake things up."

The North-West outfit are comfortable at the top of the league table with a 12-point lead over rivals Manchester City.

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