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Rio Ferdinand accuses Man United of choking in title bid

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand claims that the Red Devils have "choked" in the Premier League title race after their draw with Everton.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has accused his old club of choking in their bid for Premier League glory.

The Red Devils have been sitting pretty at the top of the pile on several occasions this season, but they now find themselves five points behind leaders Manchester City having played a game more.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side dropped two vital points in the race for the title after drawing 3-3 with Everton at the weekend, and Ferdinand does not expect Man United to sustain a charge for top spot now.

Speaking on his Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE podcast, Ferdinand said: "You can't defend it. At the end of the day Man United were sitting pretty at the top of the league.

"We didn't come into this season expecting to be title challengers. We were too far behind Liverpool. You can't expect to have a turnaround that big to win the league, it's impossible.

"But I'm like all the other fans. You see the league table, you look at the results, you get excited. When you put yourself in that position, Man United have to strike. You're there now and there's an opportunity.

"When there's an opportunity, you've got to go. The problem is we've let this opportunity slip through our hands. You can see Man City with their experience, they've smelt blood, they've put their heads down, they've gone.

"But United have stuttered, we've got the choke going, haven't got it quite working properly. We have choked - it's simple as that. I'd put us out of the title challenge unless we go on a run and we change our habits and our lack of consistency.

"But I haven't seen enough to suggest we can go on a ten, 15-game winning streak. We're tripping ourselves up all the time. It's top four - we'll finish second or third."

The Red Devils now turn their attention to Tuesday's FA Cup tie with West Ham United before resuming Premier League action on Sunday against West Bromwich Albion.

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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
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TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
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ATHLETICS
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