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Ferdinand: Poor form a "personal insult"

Rio Ferdinand has told BT Sport that Manchester United's forgettable first season under the stewardship of David Moyes has made it difficult for him to go about his daily life.

Rio Ferdinand has been heavily tipped to leave Man Utd this summer.
Rio  Ferdinand has struggled to cope with Manchester United's form this season.

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The reigning champions are well out of the title race and look certain to miss out on a top-four finish, with only a Champions League quarterfinal against Bayern Munich to look forward to.

And Ferdinand described his side's miserable form as "a personal insult."

He added: "It's embarrassing. I don't want to go out when the game is finished and you even stop watching TV. I don't want to take my kids to school. I don't want to fill my car up with petrol or go to the shops.

"I don't want to walk on the school path and think I'm hearing things or seeing people look at me because we lost a game.

"It gets personal with everyone looking at you and talking about the results and the form and stuff. You don't want to live like that. You want to live freely and comfortably."

United's Premier League season has hit a new low in recent weeks, with a promising victory at West Ham sandwiched by back-to-back 3-0 defeats at Old Trafford to Liverpool and Manchester City.

And Ferdinand admitted it is too painful to watch their arch rivals competing for the title.

"You don't want to see that," he said. "You don't want to see other people lifting titles. That's what we're used to. That's what we want. That's what we train for and work for.

"Don't get me wrong, we've got no divine right. You've got to earn that right -- and this season, we simply haven't done that."

United will look to rectify Tuesday's defeat to City when they face Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime, before hosting Bayern in the Champions League quarterfinal first leg three days later.


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